Be mindful of what you buy the kids this holiday season. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has released her annual Safe Shopping Guide, which highlights toys and infant and children accessories that have been recalled through October of this year.
“This guide is an easy-to-use resource for parents who are already busy enough without monitoring the dizzying number of recalls and dangerous products,” Madigan said. The guide is available through the attorney general’s office or online at www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov.
In addition to recalled items, Madigan is putting special emphasis on toys or everyday items that use button cell batteries. If ingested, a battery can lodge in a child’s throat and cause permanent damage within as little as two hours. The electric current created by a battery causes a burn that can harm the esophagus, vocal chords and the aorta. In Illinois, the Illinois Poison Center received 93 calls in 2010 related to button cell batteries. So far this year there have been 80 calls. Nationally there have been 10 deaths due to button cell ingestion since 2008.