MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday reminded the public to be wise and cautious inshopping for toys as gifts for the Christmas season in order to ensure the safety of the recipients, particularly children.
“We must not only look at the value but also the quality of the item. Aside from being appealing and suitable for a child’s age, toys should be safe,” DOH Secretary Janette L. Garin said.
Garin made the remarks in line with the Yuletide season where most children receive toys as presents.
DOH defines safe toys as those which are suitable to the child’s physical capabilities, mental and social development. In addition, these must be durable, and safe for the child’s age.
For children aged one year old and below, DOH suggests toys such as rattles, large and brightly colored balls, washable stuffed dolls or animals with big and clearly defined faces.
Meanwhile, toys such as wooden animals, dolls, sturdy kiddie cars, modeling clay, and rocking horses are recommended for toddlers or children aged two to three years old.
Garin also emphasized the importance of frequently checking the packaging of toys and observing precautions indicated in their labels.
The DOH chief further reminded that parents and guardians should ensure that the child will play with a toy suited for his/her age under adult supervision.
She also advised them to immediately dispose plastic packaging of toys and keep these out of children’s reach. Leilani S. Junio/PNA