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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How to (Safely) Enjoy Your Outdoor Fire Pit

Those cool summer nights spent sitting around a fire pit with friends and family are upon us. But before you light up your fires, it is a good idea to revisit some fire safety tips and make sure you are complying with your local county’s outdoor fire pit regulations. For basic fire safety, Consumer Reports offers five tips to help keep you safe. First, pick a safe place for your fire. Ideally, this means 20 to 25 feet away from anything that could burn. For yards with less space, Consumer Reports recommends keeping at least a 10-foot buffer zone. Second,…

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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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Congressional Report Discovers Toxic Heavy Metals in Popular Baby Foods

A recent congressional report found that many baby food products may not be safe for children. The House Oversight Committee’s subcommittee on economic and consumer policy found significant amounts of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury, in some of the largest commercial baby food manufacturers’ rice cereals, sweet potato purees, juices, and sweet snack puffs. The committee sought product data on seven of the largest baby food manufacturers’ including Nurture, Inc. (HappyBABY), Beech-Nut Nutrition Company (Beech-Nut), Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (Earth’s Best Organic), Gerber, Campbell Soup Company (Plum Organics), Walmart Inc. (Parent’s Choice), and Sprout Foods, Inc….

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A Review of Fireplace Safety Tips

  Wintertime is usually filled with snow days, hot coco, warm fuzzy socks, and gathering around the fireplace to listen and sing holiday songs with the family. Although this year may look a little different, fireplace safety is just as important as always. According to Injury Facts  over the past several decades, deaths from home fires in the U.S. have steadily gone down – from 5,200 in 1980 to 2,820 in 2018. But home fires are still the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 14. Follow fireplace safety practices to make sure you are protecting yourself and…

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Preventing Halloween Costume-Related Injuries

When you picture top Halloween safety issues, you probably imagine drunk drivers or laced candy. In reality, however, the very costumes your children wear while trick-or-treating may pose the greatest risk of all. The following are among the most dangerous costumes worth avoiding this year: Floor-Length Outfits Costumes that drag behind kids can serve as a major tripping hazard. Yes, it’s annoying to hem up ill-fitting outfits, but it’s far worse to see your children trip and fall. Cosmetic Contact Lenses Older children or teens may beg for cosmetic lenses that turn their eyes spooky colors. Like any contacts, however,…

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Halloween 2019 Safety Tips For Children

It is that time of the year again for jack-0-lanterns, costumes, and candy. No matter how you plan to celebrate Halloween this year, its always important to stay on top of safety for this year’s events. Making sure kids have safe arrangements for trick-or-treating, or other activities, will ensure no unforeseen accidents ruin the fun. Costumes Try to pick a costume with bright or reflective colors to make kids more visible at night Opt for face paint over face masks which can obstruct kids’ vision Pick a costume that kids can move freely in that will minimize tripping hazards Trick-Or-Treating…

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