Toy age-labeling

An overview for pediatricians of how toys receive their age safety and developmental designations

Shuli Kulak, Ruth E. K. Stein

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

1 Citation (Scopus)

Abstract

Injuries related to toys continue to cause significant childhood morbidity and mortality, despite considerable government regulation of the toy industry. Recent controversy related to toys that contain strong magnets demonstrate the dangers they pose to children. The pediatric community is often unaware of how toys receive their developmental and safety labeling and the degree to which age-labeling on toys can be discretionary. Toy labeling has 2 basic manifestations. The first, safety labeling for hazards like small parts, balloons, or small balls that may present a choking risk, is mandatory. The second, "developmental" age-labeling, describes the age of the children for which the toy is intended, and sometimes has discretionary components. This article provides a review of the regulations governing toy age-safety standards and how they are reflected on toy packaging to help pediatric practitioners apply safety advice across settings and patient characteristics. We review the existing age-labeling regulations and processes and discuss the major areas where children remain vulnerable despite labeling. Finally, we list some recommendations for counseling parents about toy safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere20151803
JournalPediatrics
Volume138
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016

Fingerprint

Play and Playthings
Safety
Government Regulation
Pediatricians
Pediatrics
Magnets
Product Packaging
Airway Obstruction
Counseling
Industry
Parents
Morbidity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

Cite this

Toy age-labeling : An overview for pediatricians of how toys receive their age safety and developmental designations. / Kulak, Shuli; Stein, Ruth E. K.

In: Pediatrics, Vol. 138, No. 1, e20151803, 01.07.2016.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

@article{36672169f1824f839da0b30d4ae8a83e,
title = "Toy age-labeling: An overview for pediatricians of how toys receive their age safety and developmental designations",
abstract = "Injuries related to toys continue to cause significant childhood morbidity and mortality, despite considerable government regulation of the toy industry. Recent controversy related to toys that contain strong magnets demonstrate the dangers they pose to children. The pediatric community is often unaware of how toys receive their developmental and safety labeling and the degree to which age-labeling on toys can be discretionary. Toy labeling has 2 basic manifestations. The first, safety labeling for hazards like small parts, balloons, or small balls that may present a choking risk, is mandatory. The second, {"}developmental{"} age-labeling, describes the age of the children for which the toy is intended, and sometimes has discretionary components. This article provides a review of the regulations governing toy age-safety standards and how they are reflected on toy packaging to help pediatric practitioners apply safety advice across settings and patient characteristics. We review the existing age-labeling regulations and processes and discuss the major areas where children remain vulnerable despite labeling. Finally, we list some recommendations for counseling parents about toy safety.",
author = "Shuli Kulak and Stein, {Ruth E. K.}",
year = "2016",
month = "7",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1542/peds.2015-1803",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "138",
journal = "Pediatrics",
issn = "0031-4005",
publisher = "American Academy of Pediatrics",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Toy age-labeling

T2 - An overview for pediatricians of how toys receive their age safety and developmental designations

AU - Kulak, Shuli

AU - Stein, Ruth E. K.

PY - 2016/7/1

Y1 - 2016/7/1

N2 - Injuries related to toys continue to cause significant childhood morbidity and mortality, despite considerable government regulation of the toy industry. Recent controversy related to toys that contain strong magnets demonstrate the dangers they pose to children. The pediatric community is often unaware of how toys receive their developmental and safety labeling and the degree to which age-labeling on toys can be discretionary. Toy labeling has 2 basic manifestations. The first, safety labeling for hazards like small parts, balloons, or small balls that may present a choking risk, is mandatory. The second, "developmental" age-labeling, describes the age of the children for which the toy is intended, and sometimes has discretionary components. This article provides a review of the regulations governing toy age-safety standards and how they are reflected on toy packaging to help pediatric practitioners apply safety advice across settings and patient characteristics. We review the existing age-labeling regulations and processes and discuss the major areas where children remain vulnerable despite labeling. Finally, we list some recommendations for counseling parents about toy safety.

AB - Injuries related to toys continue to cause significant childhood morbidity and mortality, despite considerable government regulation of the toy industry. Recent controversy related to toys that contain strong magnets demonstrate the dangers they pose to children. The pediatric community is often unaware of how toys receive their developmental and safety labeling and the degree to which age-labeling on toys can be discretionary. Toy labeling has 2 basic manifestations. The first, safety labeling for hazards like small parts, balloons, or small balls that may present a choking risk, is mandatory. The second, "developmental" age-labeling, describes the age of the children for which the toy is intended, and sometimes has discretionary components. This article provides a review of the regulations governing toy age-safety standards and how they are reflected on toy packaging to help pediatric practitioners apply safety advice across settings and patient characteristics. We review the existing age-labeling regulations and processes and discuss the major areas where children remain vulnerable despite labeling. Finally, we list some recommendations for counseling parents about toy safety.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84976897463&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84976897463&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1542/peds.2015-1803

DO - 10.1542/peds.2015-1803

M3 - Review article

VL - 138

JO - Pediatrics

JF - Pediatrics

SN - 0031-4005

IS - 1

M1 - e20151803

ER -