Some aquatic toys can cause drown­ing — FDA

The Philippine Star - - NEWS - Sheila Crisostomo

With more peo­ple head­ing to swimming pools and beaches, the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FDA) yes­ter­day cau­tioned the public that some aquatic toys could cause drown­ing.

In an ad­vi­sory, FDA’s Cen­ter for Cos­metic Reg­u­la­tion and Re­search said the public should be vig­i­lant in choos­ing aquatic toys be­cause they could be de­signed as only toys, not safety de­vices or floaters.

“Dan­ger to chil­dren can arise due to un­in­tended de­fla­tion that may oc­cur or if a child does not use it prop­erly. Aquatic toys are not safety de­vices. An adult should con­stantly su­per­vise chil­dren us­ing th­ese toys,” the FDA added.

The FDA ex­plained that aquatic toys are “in­tended to bear the mass of a child and used for play in shal­low wa­ter” only.

In­ter­na­tional agen­cies have doc­u­mented sev­eral haz­ards as­so­ci­ated with aquatic toys. Th­ese in­clude death by drown­ing or brain in­jury by neardrown­ing.

The FDA has ad­vised the public to read the la­bels found on pack­ag­ing and to be aware of safety rec­om­men­da­tions and take them se­ri­ously.

“Choose toys suit­able for the child’s age, abil­i­ties and skill level. Fol­low the in­struc­tions and/or weight rec­om­men­da­tions care­fully for proper assem­bly and use. Al­ways buy toys from rep­utable re­tail­ers/out­lets. Su­per­vise the chil­dren as they play,” the FDA said.

Toys should also be checked pe­ri­od­i­cally for break­age and po­ten­tial haz­ards, the FDA added.

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