School Bus Safety Tips for Back to School

School buses provide a valuable service, ensuring that kids make it to school quickly and with minimal hassle to hardworking parents. But while they provide a convenient service for busy families, they aren’t always as safe as we like to assume. From the moment your child hits the bus stop in the morning to the second he or she arrives home, unexpected dangers lurk around every corner. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that just eight percent of school transit-related fatalities involve buses, but the kids who ride these iconic yellow vehicles are far from invulnerable. A little understanding…

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Surprising Back to School Dangers — And What to Do About Them

Back to school season should be a time of excitement, but many parents suffer significant stress as their kids move on to another year in the classroom. Much of this stress is warranted, as today’s schools pose multiple dangers — a few of which are outlined below: School Shootings While school shootings are not as common as media reports may have us believe, fear is rampant among today’s students and parents. Preparation can help ease this anxiety. Prior to sending your kid back to school, learn as much as you can about the facility’s violence prevention and emergency response policies….

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Childcare Centers With Recalled Cribs Highlights Danger of Secondhand Child Products

Childcare Centers Carrying Recalled Products A new joint study by U.S. PIRG and Kids in Danger (KID) has found that 1 in 10 surveyed childcare centers were still using at least one recalled inclined infant sleeper product from Fisher-Price or Kids II over two months after the April recalls that affected over 5 million units total. The study reached out to childcare centers in Wisconsin, Texas, and Georgia throughout June and July, and received 376 responses from childcare centers with children under one year old. State laws in Wisconsin and Texas ban recalled products at childcare facilities, but the study…

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American Academy of Pediatrics Continues to Support Baby Walker Ban

In the 1990’s, an average of 20,000 children were injured each year by child walkers. This high rate of injury led to a decline in popularity to baby walkers, and for the industry to adopt a voluntary safety standard in 1997. this voluntary standard was strengthened to a mandatory standard several years later in 2010. This change in regulation and popularity of baby walkers has led to a sharp decrease of injuries, but 2,000 children a year are still injured by baby walkers. This is why the AAP is voicing its continued support for an outright ban on child walkers,…

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More Companies Recall Inclined Sleeper Cribs

Dorel Juvenile Group USA has become the third company to voluntarily recall inclined sleeper crib models after reports of infant fatalities in similar products. The voluntary recall through the Consumer Product Safety Commission affects about 24,000 units sold by juvenile product stores such as Target, Kmart, Ross, Marshalls, TJ Maxx. Reason for Recall As we have previously highlighted, inclined sleepers are unsafe for children and do not follow the guidelines for safe sleep supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In April, Fisher-Price recalled 4.7 million Rock ‘N Play sleepers that have been linked to 30 deaths and Kids II…

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Children At Significant Risk of Contracting Contagious Diseases at Petting Zoos

When parents show their children animals, the first thought on a parent’s mind is usually safety. Since barnyard animals are usually harmless and are loved by young children, petting zoos are popular destinations for family outings in some areas. But, parents should consider the threat posed by animal-borne pathogens at petting zoos and other similar activities. Regular Outbreaks The danger posed by exposure to pathogens found in petting zoos was highlighted recently with the death of a two-year-old, who died after he and three other children contracted E. coli at a petting zoo near San Diego. Outbreaks like these occur…

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Summer Camp Hazards: How Parents Can Protect Their Kids

Summer camps help your children gain confidence, independence, and lifelong friendships. Unfortunately, this environment can also be highly dangerous — especially when you’re not around to monitor your children. Don’t let fear get in the way of a life-changing experience; take these steps to keep your children safe: Invest in Swimming Lessons Summer camp activities are often based around lakes. While some camps offer swimming lessons, it’s best to develop this crucial skill long before you send your kids to camp. Once your children are capable of swimming a full 50 yards on their own, you can feel confident as…

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American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Reminds Parents that Napping in Car Seats Can Result in Death

A recent recall of an inclined Fisher-Price crib, due to dozens of infant deaths, highlighted concerns over safe infant sleeping practices. The recall comes at a time when infant sleeping safety is already well-known in the pediatrics community, following the release of a long-term study published in Pediatrics that looked at infant mortality. The study found that most infant deaths in a seated position occurred in car seats where infants had been sleeping. Safest Sleeping Position for Infants? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that the most safe sleeping position for infants is on their back using a firm,…

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Concussion Risk Affects Student Athletes of All Ages

Student Athlete Concussions Concussions are often associated with professional level athletes, but the risk factors are present at any level of intense physical exercise. The consequences of a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) for student athletes are arguably higher than paid athletes since the recovery time is longer at a younger age. Recovery requires both physical and mental rest—which may be harder to achieve while keeping up with school work. Concussions at All Ages Most sports injury research focuses on High School and Collegiate level student athletes. However, athletes of all ages are at risk of getting a concussion that…

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Furniture At Risk of Deadly Tip-Over Needs More Regulation According to Congressional Testimony

Many parents assume that they don’t need to pay extra attention to furniture they buy unless it has a safety warning. This is not always the case, as a new Consumer Reports study finds that certain furniture, unregulated by consumer safety standards, is linked with child injury and death. Some parents are urging Congress to broaden regulation on furniture to include higher standards on anti-tipping rules. Consumer Reports Says Current System Insufficient Between 2000 and 2017, over 500 people died from furniture tip-over incidents; 84% of the victims were under 10 years of age. There is currently an industry standard…

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