Safety of toys top priority
Little batteries and toy parts can cause children a lot of harm.
Adults should keep this in mind when doing their Christmas shopping this year, Safekids New Zealand says.
Injuries caused by coin-sized lithium or button batteries contained in many toys and musical cards is an ongoing issue.
In the last three years, the National Poisons Centre received 175 calls about children under six years swallowing or inserting batteries in their nose and ears.
Sixty-one children were hospitalised at Starship hospital from March 2009 to February last year.
Any small toy or part that can fit inside a toilet roll is a choking hazard to a baby or small child.
Safekids New Zealand is also asking adults to consider if a present meets New Zealand-recognised safety standards, is easy to assemble correctly, needs a helmet or requires active supervision.