Children's toys seem harmless, but every year many Florida children spend the holidays in the emergency room because of toy-related injuries. Parents need to be aware of hidden dangers.
This is the time of year when many kids have one thing in mind. Toys often seem harmless, but consumer advocates are warnings parents that things aren't always what they seem.
Donna Wiles says as a mother it's a constant challenge to find toys that won't hurt her four-year-old daughter.
"There's so many things you have to look for because of things getting in their mouths," says Donna.
Doctors say during the holidays when children should be having fun and celebrating, a surprising number of them end up in hospital emergency rooms.
Child advocates say Florida has some 10,000 cases of toy-related injuries each year. Many of those are from choking. They say parents should look at the toy and not rely on warnings. They say a child's greatest protection is a parent's vigilance.
Consumer advocates have advice for parents with toddlers. They say if an object is small enough to fit in your toilet roll dispenser, it's too small and your child could choke on it.
To find out more about potentially dangerous toys, go to www.toysafety.net