Teddy bears, furry toys harmful to youngsters, could cause severe well being issues, loss of life, paediatrician warns

Oluwatobiloba Jaiyeola

A Guide Paediatrician, Dr. Abdurrazzaq Alege, has cautioned mother and father towards shopping for furry toys and teddy bears for his or her youngsters, noting that they will trigger severe well being issues and even loss of life for infants, particularly infants.

In line with the kid well being skilled, infants uncovered to fur are prone to growing allergy symptoms, cough, suffocation, diarrhoea, and in some situations bronchial asthma.

Talking in an unique interview with PUNCH HealthWise, Alege who works with the Nephrology Division, Federal Medical Centre, Katsina State, acknowledged that whereas toys are good for youngsters, moms ought to contemplate holding furry toys away from infants due to the adverse well being issues they will trigger. He urged moms to think about plastic toys as an alternative choice to teddy bears.

He famous that necessary elements to think about earlier than shopping for furry toys for youngsters ought to embody the scale of the teddy bear when in comparison with the age and measurement of the kid, the kind of fur utilized in making it, and the way clear the bear is.

He mentioned, “Dimension is essential as a result of when you’ve got an toddler, that could be a youngster lower than one 12 months, taking part in with an enormous teddy bear is harmful. The teddy can suffocate the kid.

“As regards sort, if it’s the one whose fur falls off simply, in all probability on account of expiry or the truth that the sort of fur used shouldn’t be of fine high quality and has particles falling off, so many issues can occur.”

In line with him, sure allergy symptoms are genetic, and even when the mother and father are unaware of their allergy symptoms, it doesn’t imply the kid can’t categorical worse types of such allergy symptoms.

The skilled added, “If in case you have a baby that has an intrinsic downside by way of allergy if the mother and father usually are not cautious and they’re unaware of the sort of allergic responses of the kid, that youngster might react to a few of these particles that would enter the airway.

“The kid can have respiratory difficulties or would begin to cough or would have signs that would seem like they’re having bronchial asthma. It’s simply due to the wool.”

Alege mentioned if a teddy bear shouldn’t be taken care of, mud is more likely to collect on it, which may set off an allergic response in a baby.

He mentioned, “Mud could be a well being downside in so some ways. It could possibly trigger an allergic response by way of getting into the airway.

“On the similar time, when you’ve got a toy that’s not recurrently cleaned, youngsters at that age put every thing of their mouth, they kiss and chunk it. And in doing this, if the toy is soiled, it’s going to harbour dangerous organisms, micro organism, viruses, fungi and might trigger so many diseases within the youngster.”

The paediatrician defined that when a child inhales fur, the kid can have asthmatic signs and if the kid ingests the fabric harbouring organisms, the widespread symptom the kid will current is diarrhea illness.

“This contains passing watery stool, frequent bowel motions, in addition to vomiting. It could possibly be so simple as the kid simply working a fever and you might be questioning whether it is malaria.

“In an older youngster, that could be a youngster that may discuss, the kid will likely be complaining of abdomen ache, and crying from discomfort,” he mentioned.

In line with Allege, youngsters with a historical past of allergy symptoms, who’re consistently uncovered to fur, may additionally develop bronchial asthma later.

He added that even these with out an allergic historical past however are consistently uncovered to fur are prone to growing allergy symptoms akin to ‘acquired bronchial asthma.’

He suggested moms to accumulate plastic toys for his or her infants. “There isn’t a motive why they need to be taking part in with teddy bears.

“If in case you have an older youngster, a toddler that may vocalise, at this age they will play with animate toys and since they will stroll about, they will simply carry or again the teddy bear, however not one which will likely be too huge for them,” he mentioned.

Additionally, the paediatrician careworn that moms ought to preserve toys with removable furs away from youngsters.

He added, “A few of these toys that you simply put on the fur on them, if one shouldn’t be cautious, the older youngsters might take away the fur and put on it on themselves.

“If they aren’t monitored, as a result of a few of these overalls might not have any holes, they will suffocate whereas sporting it. So, we’ve got to watch out in regards to the sorts of toys we’ve got round youngsters.

“Additionally, any dad or mum that’s conscious that they’ve any type of allergy symptoms ought to keep away from fur-containing toys typically for all their youngsters no matter their age.”

In line with the American Academy of Paediatrics, stuffed animals fall underneath the class of harmful objects that new mother and father and caregivers ought to by no means place close to a sleeping child in a crib or carriage.

Different objects on this class embody pillow-like toys, blankets, quilts, crib bumpers, and different bedding.

The AAP defined that these things can enhance the danger of sudden toddler loss of life syndrome and loss of life by suffocation or strangulation.

Recall that in 2018, a mom, Connie Rose, misplaced her child because of suffocation from a teddy bear.

In a Fb put up by her, she mentioned, “On the sixth March 8.01 am 2018, my life modified.

“I woke as much as get my oldest youngster prepared for varsity solely to search out out that my youngest child had handed away. I’ve been blaming myself as she handed away because of suffocation as I had packed down the aspect of her mattress with teddies and positioned an enormous one on high of the smaller teddy to cease her from falling down the aspect of her mattress, and he or she did precisely that however because it was all teddy bears she went underneath the large teddy and fell asleep with the angels.

“All I take into consideration now’s what if I simply left it empty, she would nonetheless be right here possibly with only a small bump on her head. It’s all what-ifs now. However I would like each dad or mum to see and concentrate on this. Allow them to fall don’t attempt to stuff small locations up with comfortable issues simply go away it empty.

“She had a mattress guard at one aspect and the smallest hole from her wall to her mattress and that’s the place I had put all her teddy’s my greatest remorse in life.

“Please transfer every thing off your children’ mattress and away from the perimeters.”

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