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Staten Island Pediatrician Provides Tips for Toy Safety

It seems that children's toys get recalled everyday due to safety concerns. Dr. Michael Gabriel, a leading Staten Island pediatrician, discusses an article that provides tips to parents and caregi... (July 02, 2014)

BOHEMIA, N.Y., July 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Dr. Michael Gabriel of GPM Pediatrics, a Staten Island pediatrics center, comments on the article, "Top 10 Tips for Toy Safety" published by Everyday Health.This article discusses several tips for parents and caregivers who purchase toys for children.

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According to the article, there are several things to keep in mind when purchasing toys and games for children, especially babies and toddlers. "The American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that you first consider the basics of toy safety[and] issues recently in the news about toxic toys," the article says. Some safety tips that the article mentions are as follows:

  • Avoid toys with sharp points and edges.
  • Search for toys that are washable or include the words non-toxic on the label, since so many toys end up in baby's mouth.
  • Buy electric toys that are UL-approved, and never permit a child to use a toy with a frayed cord because it can result in shocks and burns.
  • Beware of toy chests and toy storage containers. They can pinch little fingers and children can climb in, get trapped, and possibly suffocate.

Dr. Michael Gabriel, of GPM Pediatrics, agrees with these suggestions. "Keeping these tips in mind when purchasing toys for children is extremely important. Sometimes we get caught in the moment of thinking how much a child will love the toy and we forget to check to small, loose objects that can easily break off and pose a potential choking hazard. Purchasing age appropriate toys is one way to ensure the safety of a toy before giving it to your child," says Dr. Gabriel. "Parents should regularly take inventory of their kids toys and make sure that there are no broken pieces or loose strings or parts that may not be safe."

GPM Pediatrics provides comprehensive pediatric care to children throughout the New York area with practices both in Brooklyn and Staten Island. Our board certified pediatricians and experienced staff help provide a very warm and nurturing environment for both you and your children. Our approach combines the latest treatment methods with the personal attention you should expect from your doctor. Simply put, we understand the importance of communication and trust and we are earning that trust one family at a time.

Media Contact: Scott Darrohn, GPM Pediatrics, 855-347-4228,

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