Children bite as hard as dogs, experts claim

‘Bite force’ toy testing urged by safety gurus

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Toddlers can bite so hard that experts are urging for new type of toy testing to be introduced.

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The study, led by the School of Healthcare at the University of Leeds, is the first of its kind in the UK. It tested the bite force of more than 200 children aged between 3 to 5 using specially designed instruments. Children as young as 3 could bite as strongly as a dog, it was found.

The researchers are urging for a new type of toy testing to be put into practice that tests for biting and chewing, rather than just swallowing small parts.

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Currently, the researchers feel toy safety tests don’t take into account the choking risks that could arise from bitten or chewed off toy parts. 

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