Question: What should I be concerned about as it relates to holiday gifts with my special needs child?
Answer: Toy safety concerns are crucial as toys can soon turn harmful or even deadly. It should be noted that unless you get an appropriately packaged product from a reputable American manufacturer or may not be getting what you hoped for. Appropriate packaging can ensure that the content originates from its designated source. It is documented that three times as many foreign made products as American made products were recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
What further complicates toy safety is that the very packaging that you want to ensure you have can be a safety hazard. Packaging can injure, suffocate or trap your child. It is important that adults take away packaging as quickly as possible. Also be aware of choking hazards such as twist ties, small plastic parts and shrink wrap.
The holiday season is filled with joyous wonder. Taking a few small steps can ensure it is a safe season.
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This post originally appeared on our November/December 2011 Magazine