Toy Safety This Holiday Season

BAY COUNTY, Fla. - Many people have probably already begun their holiday shopping. When it comes to buying toys for little ones, experts tell us to be extra vigilant. 

News 13's Alex Thorson has this week's Health Desk report, sponsored by Bay Medical Sacred Heart. 

This year's holiday toy shopping season is in full swing. Giving your loved one a new toy doesn't always end with fun and games. 

"Injuries, choking, and ER [Emergency Room] visits do increase during the holidays," Dr. Ahmed Rezk said.

Data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System estimated that over the last three decades, toy-related injuries have increased up to 40 percent in the United States. 

Dr. Rezk said parents with children ages one, two, and three should be on-guard.

"Read the label. Figure out if that's appropriate for your child or not," he said. 

Choking hazards and toxic materials aren't the only threats to your little ones. Some noises can damage developing ears. 

"Even if you don't hear it loudly, but it has a high squeaking sound, that can really injure the inner ears," Rezk said.

If purchased wisely, toys can play more than a "fun" role. 

Check if that child is going to benefit from that toy developmentally," he said. 

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