Sharp Advice: Selecting Safe Christmas Toys for Your Children - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/7/08

Sharp Advice: Selecting Safe Christmas Toys for Your Children

This Christmas season, when buying toys for your kids, you should always select items that are age appropriate. This is important so your little children won't choke on any small objects and your big kids won't get bored with toys that are aimed at smaller children. That is the focus of this week's edition of "Sharp Advice" with former Lady Raider Coach Marsha Sharp.

Finding the perfect gift for your little one during the holidays can be just as stressful as it is fun.  Covenant's Dr. Carrie Paine gives some "Sharp Advice" on choosing a toy that is safe, fun, and appropriate.  Dr. Paine says, "I think in this day and age, with childhood obesity being such a concern,  toys that promote physical activity are certainly good for your children.  Toys that promote family time for you to interact with your child are also very good.  And for your younger children, I think buying toys that help develop their motor and language skills are also very good choices.  In general a good rule of thumb is to make sure the toy is bigger than the fist of the child that you are buying the toy for". 

If you are unsure about a certain toy for your little one, ask your physician or nurse for advice. From your friends at Covenant Health System, I'm Marsha Sharp reminding you that, "When it comes to good health, the ball is in your court".

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