Hot Car Deaths: An Ongoing Threat to Children

Local Hot Car Deaths As reported by NBCWashington.com, a 5-year-old boy recently died from heat stroke after being left in his mother’s SUV in Springfield, VA.  The temperature outside was 93 degrees with a 100+ degree heat index.  The child was left inside the vehicle for several hours as the temperatures rose well above 100 degrees. In 2007, a Virginia child died after the mother forgot him inside a car.  The outside temperature was only 66 degrees but the temperature inside the car climbed to 120 degrees.  Hot car deaths are a continuous threat in the metropolitan area, especially for…

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Top Dangers Button Batteries Pose for Kids — And How to Reduce the Risk

Take a quick look around your home. How many items are powered by batteries? Of these, how many contain small, disc-shaped batteries? These “button batteries” lurk nearly everywhere — and they could be turning your home into a dangerous environment. Many parents are just now becoming aware of the danger small batteries can pose for children. Toddlers, in particular, are at risk any time they play with toys that contain button cells. The urgency of the issue can be seen in the formation of a national Button Battery Task Force. Since then, manufacturers have stepped up their game by implementing…

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Strategies for Keeping Your Baby Safe from Dangerous Products

As a parent of a newborn or young infant, you need every bit of help you can get. While this may often take the form of babysitting, many parents also rely on devices that assist with everything from sleep to diaper changes. However, keeping your baby safe should always be your highest priority, and many apparent parenting solutions may actually be cause for concern. Unfortunately, the very products that make new parents’ lives seem bearable on such little sleep can also be extremely dangerous for the babies they purport to help. What’s more, the manufacturers charged with keeping families safe…

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Diving into Pool Safety

With summer right around the corner and temperatures on the rise, many families will soon be looking for ways to get out of the house and cool down. State and local governments are beginning to relax pandemic restrictions in accordance with CDC guidelines, meaning beaches and pools are once again becoming tempting escapes. After being away for so long, it can be easy to forget how dangerous any body of water can be, particularly for children. Before your next trip to the public pool, read through these quick suggestions for the best ways to keep you and your family safe:…

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The Rise and Fall of the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play

A Story of Corporate Irresponsibility Young parents undoubtedly have one of the most stressful and confusing jobs in the world. From breakfast to playtime to bedtime, there are a million decisions parents must make about their infants’ and toddlers’ lives every day. This is ever more complicated by the constant barrage of advertisements trying to sell the latest advancements in childcare technology. Just 25 years ago, much of the American public thought that classical music was the key to unlocking your baby’s true intellectual potential; with so many varied perspectives on early youth development, it is impossible to predict what…

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What to Know About the CDC’s Latest Guidance on the Dangers of Bedding for Infants: Part II

We’ve come a long way with safe sleep for infants, but further improvements are needed to avoid preventable tragedies. The CDC underscores this with new guidance on infant bedding and other risk factors. In our previous post on infant sleep hazards, we got into specifics regarding the results of a landmark study. Next, we’ll show how this data plays into a larger trend of plateaued progress on sudden unexpected infant death (SUID). Unexpected But Not Unexplained The CDC’s latest study on SUID’s top sources revealed many alarming hazards, but the data should be comforting in at least one regard: among…

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What to Know About the CDC’s Latest Guidance on the Dangers of Bedding for Infants: Part I

Rates of sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) have plummeted since the early 90s. Unfortunately, such deaths remain far too common. According to recent insight from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), many of these tragedies can be blamed on bedding. Other factors may also play a role, however, so it’s important for parents to do their research before deciding how and where they’ll put their infants to sleep. Keep reading to learn more about the CDC’s latest study on SUID and key takeaways from this important research: Suffocation Versus Unexplained Deaths The CDC identified a variety of risk factors for…

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Washington DC Car Seat Laws

Washington DC car seat laws: what parents and caregivers need to know to keep children safe According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hundreds of children die in traffic crashes across the nation, and approximately 100,000 suffer injuries each year. Unfortunately, infants and young children in the Washington D.C. area face the risk of accident and injury, especially in the area’s heavy traffic. Car seat laws impose restrictions on the use of car seats depending on the age of the child. Child restraint systems, whether car seats or booster seats, require the use of a seatbelt. The CDC…

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FDA Responds to Congressional Report on Toxic Heavy Metals in Baby Foods

In a recent blog post, we discussed the congressional report which found significant amounts of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic and lead, in many baby food products. In response to a justifiable outcry from concerned parents, advocacy groups, and members of Congress, the FDA has released its action plan for reducing babies’ and young children’s exposure to toxic elements. The FDA’s plan, Closer to Zero, is set to reduce exposure to toxic elements in foods commonly eaten by babies and young children to the lowest possible levels. The FDA’s four-stage approach is designed to cycle continual improvement through research, regulatory,…

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How to Avoid Injury While Building a Snowman or Enjoying Other Snow And Ice Projects

From snowman and snow fort building to ice sculpture carving, a variety of winter activities allow you to show off your creativity and indulge your inner child. Unfortunately, many of these pursuits are surprisingly dangerous. While many people take precautions for shoveling snow and clearing ice, they don’t consider the possibility that they might suffer injuries during such seemingly innocent activities as building snowmen.There’s no need to sacrifice outdoor fun this winter; follow these steps to stay safe: Dress For the Weather It seems obvious, but warm winter clothing can reduce your risk of suffering frostbite or hypothermia. The key…

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