Wednesday, February 1, 2023

How to identify toys that are toxic to children’s health

A few hours before Christmas, the shopping for the smallest members of the household increases. What’s more, long lines line up at checkout counters in shopping centers so that no one stays through the night without a smile from ear to ear. However, people who receive multiple gifts from different family members may be at risk due to some of them Toys may contain a high percentage of chemicals harmful to health.

jose ramos ricoDirector General of Environmental Health and Food Safety (inspired to), there are three main steps to keep in mind to avoid buying toxic toys for kids.

1. The product must have health authorization, age of use and warnings for children when playing or handling the toy.

2. Consumers should purchase products at safe and authorized locations that issue stamps or invoices, so that they can claim or inform Digesa if they suspect excessive presence of chemicals.

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3. Toys that do not have a label or health authority issued by Digesa and the Ministry of Health should not be purchased.

Signs to Identify Poisonous Toys

According to Ramos Rico, children’s items with a strong odor or paint that comes off too easily are warning signs. “Boy or girl may eat these substances, which on many occasions usually have high lead content, which is highly toxic to health. It changes the nervous system, it also manifests itself after some time. can affect the learning of the boy or girl, it can generate anemia or other manifestations such as nausea, vomiting and headache, but the most dangerous thing is the state of the nervous system, “he said in a conversation with La Repubblica.

Consequences of exposure to lead and other chemicals

As confirmed by the surgeon, the outcome “will depend a lot on the amount of these toxic substances, in this case, on these paints that are released when handling toys, on the amount that the child has ingested. Products of this type Also the composition they have used while making the masks. On many occasions they contain high amounts of lead or other substances that affect the nervous system”, assured the surgeon.

Furthermore, he pointed out that the conditions caused by this exposure do not appear immediately, but have a cumulative effect and may appear over the course of a day. “Therefore it is important for parents to recognize that if the product fades easily or stains on their child’s hand, we are putting him or her at a health risk, we should stop using this toy and It should be thrown away,” he insisted.

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Contamination occurs through the skin and ingestion

holder of inspired to He cautioned that chemical contamination often occurs through ingestion, but it also occurs through the skin. Not only does the child put it in his mouth, he may also touch his nose, his eyes, which are areas where these substances can be ingested, including arsenic, antimony, mercury, cadmium, and lead.

‘Cry Babies’ May Affect Reproductive Health

The Directorate General of Environmental Health and Food Safety warned that a batch of Cry Babies toys, a popular animated children’s program, could affect the health of minors by harming their reproductive systems. According to an alert issued by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, this substance exceeds the permitted limit due to the presence of bis phthalate (2-ethylhexyl, DEHP).oecd,

because of this reason, inspired to Supervised the above products at different establishments where toys with characteristics similar to Alert were found. Samples were taken for technical analysis to make sure that their use does not represent a danger to minors.

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