We have taken a look at what you can expect to find on Canadian government
approved products as far as labels go, and exactly what those labels can tell
us when it comes to nutrition concerns. There are hundreds of products out there
that do not fall under the category of food, however, and most of them contain
labels as well. How can this information help to keep your family healthy?
Well, one way is by indicating which products are truly child friendly. Most
of us are familiar with the labels which indicate appropriate ages for different
toys. These labels are very important, as they do represent certain levels of
safety when it comes to your children. Picture families sitting around their
Etobicoke conds for Christmas. They have a two year old, and the toy just
opened seems appropriate, as it has no small parts.
Without a label, parents (or whoever bought the gift) might not realize that
some products contain inner pieces that might be hazardous to a child's
health. Many of today's most popular toys, for example, contain small
magnets which can be swallowed and do great harm to a child. The size of the
toy is irrelevant, as the parts are what pose the hazard. Just as with food
labels, toy labels will explain what is in a product that may pose harm.
Another area of concern for many parents is the exposure of their children
to products which may contain harmful allergens. This is particularly true of
babies, who have very sensitive skin. A look at the label on most disposable
diaper boxes reveals a long list of artificial products, many of which prove
irritable to the skin. Cloth diaper covers, on the other hand, read fairly simply
and indicate that these are far better choices for the parent concerned about
It is not just products made for children which parents need to be concerned
about, either. There are any number of items in the average household that contain
vital information on the labels as far as the health of children is concerned.
From the resistance and working parts of test weights and machines to cleaning
products and medicines, it is important to read all labels and store products
appropriately when children are around.
Finally, it is important to note that in extreme cases, reading labels may
help to save a child's life. Kids are very active and curious, and every
once in a while someone may get into the cupboard and drink a bottle of cough
medicine, or get some cleaner in their eyes. The labels on products from water
treatment chemicals to aspirin will tell parents how to deal with just such
When it comes to safety in your home, nothing is more child friendly than reading
the labels on the products you purchase. The labels can help you in every step,
from deciding which products to buy to emergency situations.