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Han­dling toys for chil­dren calls for cau­tion

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down to nor­mal, the in­sur­ance premium can be low­ered, as the risk of com­pli­ca­tions comes down.

To­day, we have a plethora of medicines in the mar­ket, both oral drugs (tablets) as well as dif­fer­ent forms of in­sulin. Many of the newer ones un­doubt­edly have ad­van­tages. How­ever, they come with a hefty price tag.

The good news is that even with the older drugs like the in­ex­pen­sive met­formin and sul­ho­ny­lurea Our first goal should be to try to pre­vent di­a­betes. In those with pre-di­a­betes (the stage be­fore one gets overt di­a­betes), we have shown that by diet and ex­er­cise, over 30 per cent can be pre­vented from get­ting di­a­betes. In those who al­ready have di­a­betes, one should en­sure that good con­trol of di­a­betes is prac­tised, right from the be­gin­ning, so that they do not de­velop its dreaded com­pli­ca­tions. Fi­nally, if peo­ple do de­velop com­pli­ca­tions, we should have enough spe­cialised cen­tres, which of­fer the best treat­ment. On the oc­ca­sion of World Di­a­betes Day, I dream of a day when di­a­betes will no longer be con­sid­ered a ‘silent killer’ and peo­ple can live a full and healthy life de­spite the dis­or­der.

The writer is a lead­ing Di­a­betol­o­gist and Founder of Dr Mo­han’s Di­a­betes Spe­cial­i­ties Cen­tre. Views ex­pressed are per­sonal In Canada, all toys are reg­u­lated to make sure they are safe for use by chil­dren. Even so, un­safe toys can make their way onto store shelves and into homes. And some­times the ways toys are used can ex­pose chil­dren to haz­ards. Be­ing in­formed and aware of po­ten­tial risks will help you pro­tect your child’s health and safety.

Some gen­eral tips to fol­low in­clude: to look for sturdy and well-made toys while buy­ing them, ones that in­clude the man­u­fac­turer’s con­tact in­for­ma­tion. Read and fol­low all age la­bels and safety mes­sages. Toys for older chil­dren may have small parts or other haz­ards that make them un­safe for Read and fol­low the safety mes­sages

younger chil­dren. Keep small toys and any loose parts/ac­ces­sories out of the reach of chil­dren un­der three years of age, as th­ese are chok­ing haz­ards for chil­dren who still put non-food items into their mouths.

Re­pair or throw away bro­ken toys. Keep all toys — es­pe­cially plush and soft toys — away from heat sources like stoves, fire­places and heaters.

Use a toy box with­out a lid to store toys.. Heav­ier lids (of­ten found on older wooden toy boxes and chests) can fall on a child’s head or neck, caus­ing in­jury or even death. If you use a toy box that has a lid, make sure the lid is light and the box has holes to al­low air in­side. Never give chil­dren ac­cess to air­tight stor­age bins, trunks or boxes. If they climb in­side, they could suf­fo­cate.

As for baby walk­ers, they are very un­safe. They were banned from be­ing sold in Canada in 2004 and should not be used by any child. Also dan­ger­ous are tram­po­lines. They are not toys and can se­ri­ously in­jure chil­dren, even when an adult su­per­vises them.

Chil­dren un­der the age of six should never go on a tram­po­line and over six should be su­per­vised at all times on a tram­po­line.

Source: Health Canada

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