By Philippine News Agency
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised parents to choose carefully the aquatic toys that they give their children.
“Aquatic toys are not safety devices. An adult should constantly supervise children using these toys,” the FDA said in its advisory number 2017-094.
The agency noted that aquatic toys, which are intended to bear the mass of a child and are used for play in shallow water, should be designed and manufactured to reduce any risk of drowning.
It warned that a child could drown if his/her aquatic toy deflates or if he/she did not use it properly. A child revived from near-drowning also runs the risk of developing permanent brain injury from lack of oxygen to the brain.
The agency further warned that torn inflatable toys could cause a child to fall unexpectedly into the water. Stoppers on valves should not be detached and should be protected against being unintentionally removed, it said.
To ensure the child’s safety, parents should read the toy’s labels and take note of safety recommendations. They should choose toys suitable for the child’s age, abilities and skill level and follow instructions on assembly and use, as well as weight recommendations.
Parents should constantly supervise their children as they play and check all toys periodically for breakage and potential hazards. A damaged or dangerous toy should be thrown away or repaired immediately.
The FDA called on the public to report any adverse incident from using a specific product.