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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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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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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Strong, Small Magnets Are an Ingestion Risk for Children

Most parents know the dangers of children accidentally swallowing small parts that could break off toys or other objects—parts this size create a choking hazard. However, small magnets pose an additional danger of causing severe internal damage if the magnets affect each other once swallowed. Children’s toy makers generally exclude small magnets and small parts to avoid this danger, but they both can be included in accessories marketed towards adults. Tiny Magnetic Decorations Rare-earth magnets are powerful, tiny magnets often sold as stress relievers or as a customizable desk decoration. Many manufacturers include warnings on the packaging to keep away…

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Voluntary Recalls of Over 165,000 Inclined Infant Sleepers

The CPSC has announced new recalls totaling more than 165,000 inclined sleepers across four manufacturers. Summer Infant, Evenflo, Delta Enterprise Corp., and Graco voluntarily recalled these products in coordination with the Consumer Product Safety Commission. There have been no incidents or injuries reported to the CPSC for the recalled products. However, these recalls are precautionary since there have been many infant fatalities associated with inclined sleepers from other manufacturers. The recalls include the Summer Infant “SwaddleMe By Your Bed”, Evenflo “Pillo Portable Napper”, Graco “Little Lounger Rocking Seat”, and multiple inclined sleeper models from Delta Enterprise Corp. For a full…

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Public Concern Over Thousands of Unsafe Products Sold By Amazon Through Third Party Vendors

People usually assume shady internet transactions involve anonymous Craigslist ads or the dark web, not the world’s largest internet retailer. However, a recent study by The Wall Street Journal found that Amazon had over 4,000 unsafe items listed for sale on their website at a given time. The deficiencies varied by product, but items had in common federal agency warnings or prohibitions regarding their safety. Infractions varied from missing or misleading warning labels, to outright dangerous and banned products. The largest category of items were those that posed a choking hazard to children. Other products were found to have high…

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How to Find Out If Holiday Gifts and Toys Are Safe For Kids

You’re excited to watch your kids unwrap their presents this December, but that joy could quickly turn to despair if special gifts cause them harm. Unfortunately, such catastrophes are more likely than you suspect. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 35 children under the age of 15 were killed in toy-related incidents between 2014 and 2016. Additionally, CPSC data suggests that 240,000 children suffered toy-related injuries in 2016 alone. To reduce the risk of injury, parents should vet toys carefully, as indicated below: Check For Toy Recalls Every year, several toys are recalled due to emerging safety…

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Hepatitis A Risk: Aldi Grocery Stores and Raley’s Family of Fine Foods Recall Frozen Berries

Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner. Aldi Grocery Stores and Raley’s Family of Fine Foods recently voluntarily recalled all frozen raspberries and frozen berry mixes containing raspberries made by Wawona Frozen Foods because of a potential risk of Hepatitis A contamination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide an overview of Hepatitis A: Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable, communicable disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). It is usually transmitted person-to-person through the fecal-oral route   or consumption of contaminated food or water. Hepatitis A is a self-limited disease that does not…

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Athletes Should Be Cautious of What’s In Their Workout Supplements

Workout supplements are touted to give athletes an edge in their training and exercise, allowing them to bulk up faster or have more energy when exercising. The popularity and use of workout supplements has grown in the past decade. For many they are vital to keeping in top shape. However, exercise supplements are not required to be tested or approved by the FDA and could not only impede your exercise routine, but could pose serious risks to your health. Supplements: Good or Bad? Unsafe and illegal supplements, such as anabolic steroids, can cause severe health problems including elevated blood pressure,…

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Drone Safety Resources

Once regarded exclusively as a military matter, drones are increasingly popular for recreational purposes. They are also becoming more common in the commercial sector, with many businesses relying on unmanned aircraft for delivery purposes. Unfortunately, casual and commercial users alike often compromise the safety of bystanders by improperly flying or landing these devices. If everybody sticks to the rules, however, drones can be safely operated and enjoyed. Before you operate your drone, be sure to check out these essential resources: Federal Aviation Administration Fact Sheet The FAA offers a detailed fact sheet highlighting when and where small unmanned aircraft can…

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