Although stair-related injuries have declined among young children, prevention efforts including parental education are still needed, says a study published this week in Pediatrics.
February may be the shortest month of the year but it packs a pretty heavy punch! There’s Valentine's Day, President's Day, the Super Bowl, and of course my eagerly awaited excursion to the annual American International Toy Fair.
Arsenic has been found in some foods that use organic brown rice syrup as a sweetener, including infant formula and cereal bars, according to a new study by researchers at Dartmouth College. The majority of the detected arsenic, a contaminant often found in rice, was the type that is known to be a human carcinogen.
Although melanoma is one of the two most common cancers afflicting young Americans, with sunburn at an early age almost doubling the risk for developing the disease in adulthood, the lure of tanning seems to outweigh tweens’ desire to protect themselves.
As part of on-going efforts to deal with potential safety hazards in children’s toys, ASTM-International has recently sent revised specifications to the Consumer Product Safety Commission for adoption. These revisions primarily deal with heavy metals and how to measure those quantities; the stability of ride-on toys; strangulation concerns in squeeze toys, cords, straps, elastics, and strings, and rigid projections on bath toys that could potentially puncture a child’s skin or cause other impalement injuries if he were to fall on it.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants be placed on their backs to sleep to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). If your baby starts rolling onto his tummy when he's sleeping, which is an important developmental milestone, put him back on his back.
The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) has recommended that an additive, hexane-extracted DHA/ARA not be allowed for use in organic infant formula.
Approximately 7,260 Bugaboo Bee Strollers are being recalled by Bugaboo Americas in El Segundo, Calif., today. According to two national safety regulators, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, the Bugaboo baby strollers have front swivel wheels that may inadvertently lock, causing the stroller to tip over and pose a danger to its rider.
Winter months in cold climates are a time of dry skin and itchy eyes as we retreat into the dry air of our heated homes. For babies and young children, especially those who are too young to know how to blow their nose, dry indoor air may make them feel even more uncomfortable. Having a good humidifier can provide some relief.
A recent study abstract reveals that fewer than half of children who suffered injuries from car crashes were restrained, with the lowest rate found among blacks, Hispanics, and native Americans.
Congratulations on your newborn! Before you know it he’ll be zipping around the house on all fours, so if you don’t already have safety gates, now is the time to buy them to protect your little one from hazards such as stairs, kitchens and bathrooms.
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