The role that toys play in the lives of children is invaluable, especially to parents. Not only do they boost children’s development, they also act as helpful educational tools to aid Mom and Dad in teaching their kids important skills.
The sheer abundance of toys in the market provides plenty of options for parents, as well as more affordable selections, should they be working on a budget, but a recent study reveals that an appalling percentage of consumer products, particularly children’s toys in the Philippines, contain toxic metals, specifically antimony, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead and mercury. Toys included were cars, play makeup, dolls and other action figures.
Exposure to antimony leads to skin, eye and lung irritation which can progress to heart and lung complications, as well as diarrhea and ulcer. Arsenic, on the other hand, can cause skin, lung, bladder and kidney cancer, as well as skin pigmentation and thickening. Cadmium poisoning will induce fever, chills, nausea, chest pain, nose and throat irritation, among others. Chromium causes shortness of breath and wheezing. Lead, a known toxic component of some toys, is known for its effects on the nervous system, vomiting, diarrhea, coma, convulsions or worse, death. Babies and kids are especially prone to these effects with exposure to lead. Exposure to mercury causes neurological and behavioral disorders, such as insomnia, memory loss, headaches and more.