Toys are supposed to be fun and are an important part of any child’s development. But each year, scores of kids are treated in hospital emergency departments for toy-related injuries. Choking is a particular risk for kids ages 3 or younger because they tend to put objects in their mouths.
Manufacturers follow certain guidelines and label most new toys for specific age groups. But perhaps the most important thing a parent can do is to supervise play.
Many devices can be really harmful and dangerous and they shouldn`t be considered as toys.
The ABC from Australia reported about one case where one teenager from Tasmania has lost 75 % of his vision.
As you probably assume, the reason for this is playing with a dangerous laser pointer.
Nowadays, all around the world, the doctors are starting to warn all parents that this toy – laser pointer pointing a laser into the eyes is really harmful and dangerous.
Having played with laser toy, popularly called “pointer”, fourteen-year-old boy damaged his eye vision permanently.
After this event happened the boy was brought to his doctor B. Armitage.
Dr. B. Armitage made the conclusion that boy lost about 75 % of his vision in a both eyes because they were exposed to laser lightning in a short period of time.
The last part of the boy`s eyes had visually laser burns.
That means the laser pointer – the laser from this toy can burn the pupil that long stretches.
During the time of playing the teenager didn`t feel pain.
However, his eyes vision was immediately damaged during playing.
The central part of the boy`s eyes was damaged seriously and Dr. B. Armitage explained that this health problem cannot be fixed or corrected even with glasses.
One study from the Center for Radiological Health of the Food and Drug Administration – US FDA has shown that the laser pointers with the intensity of 3 – 5 mW until know there are no some reported cases.
However, if these laser pointers have the intensity from 5 mW and higher they can damage the eye vision.
Here are some general guidelines to keep in mind when shopping for toys:
Toys made of fabric should be labeled as flame resistant or flame retardant.
Stuffed toys should be washable.
Painted toys should be covered with lead-free paint.
Art materials should say nontoxic.
Crayons and paints should say ASTM D-4236 on the package, which means that they’ve been evaluated by the American Society for Testing and Materials.