What not to buy this Christmas

Posted at 10/08/10 4:32 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Thinking of what to buy children as gifts this Christmas? Don't just decide based on "cuteness" factor.

The Department of Health (DOH) warned the public against buying certain toys that are not considered safe.

In an advisory, the DOH said the following toys are not advisable for children below 3 years old:
* detachable toys or those with detachable parts
* marbles and small balls that can be swallowed
* toys with sharp wires, pins, and screws that can be taken out and swallowed

The DOH also said it doesn't recommend remote control cars for young children as these have batteries and electronic parts that could leak and poison young children.

In its website, the DOH also laid out guidelines on how to spot a good toy.

Good toys are suitable to the child's physical capabilities, mental, and social development. They are appealing and interesting to the child. And they are well constructed, durable, and safe for the child's age.

The health department also reminded shoppers, parents and guardians to check the label on the packaging and observe precautions written therein.

Also, it reminded parents and guardians to dispose of plastic packaging and keep it out of children's reach.

On July 12, 2010, Senator Manny Villar filed the Toy Safety Labeling Act (Senate Bill No. 1308) before the 15th Congress. However, the bill only reached the committee level.