Toys and Food Harmful to Children
In 2011, the number of children who received treatment in emergency departments due to a toy-related injury was three million. It is quite frustrating to see that, instead of the number of children getting injured due to toys and other children’s products getting reduced, the numbers only keep on increasing. According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2005, toy-related injuries were only at 202,300, while the number of death was 20.
The leading causes of injuries and deaths among children are suffocation, drowning, choking, poisoning and falling from riding toys or non-powered scooters. Though the ones at the highest risk of being injured are children aged five or below, all children are essentially not safe if they are not properly supervised by their parents or guardians. Parents and guardians should, therefore, understand their responsibility in making sure that children know how to use toys properly so that injuries may be avoided. Injuries sustained by children are usually to the head, face, eyes, neck and other sensitive parts of the body,
Bruises, lacerations, and other kinds of injuries are immediately obvious; some, however, despite causing more harm, have effects that become manifest only after some time, when the damage they have caused inside the body is already widespread or injurious enough for the body to still fight it off. Some of these products include the food we eat, food which contain additives and genetically-engineered ingredients, which have already been banned in other countries, but continue to be sold and eaten in the U.S.
The listeriosis outbreak in 2011 is one example of serious food poisoning. This food poisoning outbreak caused 30 deaths, 1 miscarriage and infected 146 people. There are so many other ingredients that manufacturers mix with the food children love to eat. Though these ingredients will not cause immediate harm, their effects slowly destroy the health of children, making suffering more painful and harder eventually. Making sure that children are safe from whatever will cause them harm should always be the concern of parents. Urging the Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall these harmful products and/or filing lawsuits against the manufacturers of these products should be pursued by parents, especially, to make sure that these manufacturers never get the chance to earn profits in expense of children’s safety and health.