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Category: Health and Safety

Recall of Popular Nap Nanny

Recall of Popular Nap Nanny

Four Retailers Agree to Stop Sale and Voluntarily Recall Nap Nanny Recliners Due to Five Infant Deaths WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and four major retailers are announcing a voluntary recall to consumers who own Nap Nanny® recliners made by Baby Matters, LLC of Berwyn, Pa. Retailers currently participating include [...]

What to Do During a Hurricane

What to Do During a Hurricane

Reprinted from http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should: Listen to the radio or TV for information. Secure your home, close storm shutters and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors. Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its [...]

How Much Tuna Should Children Eat?

How Much Tuna Should Children Eat?

A new report from the Mercury Policy Project suggests that school lunch programs should cut back on the amount of tuna served in cafeterias.   Children eat more tuna than any other seafood project.  But tuna, particularly albacore tuna, has been found to have high concentrations of mercury. Fish is a great source of heart-healthy omega-3s.  [...]

DOT and HHS Warn of Dangers of Child Heatstroke Deaths in Hot Vehicles

DOT and HHS Warn of Dangers of Child Heatstroke Deaths in Hot Vehicles

With at least 23 deaths and an unknown number of serious injuries to children left unattended in hot vehicles this summer, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to mobilize the network of Head Start and child care providers nationwide to prevent further [...]

The Danger Lurking at County Fairs

The Danger Lurking at County Fairs

This week my husband and I took our 4-year old son and 1-year old daughter to the county fair.   It is something we always look forward to.   My son loves animals.  So getting a chance to see prized cows, goats, sheep and other animals up close always gives him a thrill. My mantra while there [...]

90 Child Drownings in US since Memorial Day

90 Child Drownings in US since Memorial Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – New information released today by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives campaign, shows that 90 children younger than 15 were reported to have drowned in swimming pools since Memorial Day. According to media reports, an additional 106 children of that age required emergency response for near-drowning incidents. [...]

5 Things Parents Should Know About Lyme Disease

5 Things Parents Should Know About Lyme Disease

  What is Lyme disease?  In the early 1970s doctors noticed an unusual outbreak of cases that resembled arthritis near Lyme, Connecticut.   In 1975 it was officially recognized as Lyme disease.   Between 1995 and 2009 the number of reported cases has more than doubled.  The Lyme disease bacterium is spread through the bite of infected [...]

Dangerous Food Safety Mistakes

Dangerous Food Safety Mistakes

Sometimes a simple mistake can have grave consequences. What may seem like a small food safety mistake can cause serious illness with long-term consequences. When it comes to some germs, such as Salmonella, all it takes is 15 to 20 cells in undercooked food to cause food poisoning. And just a tiny taste of food [...]

How Much is Too Much?

How Much is Too Much?

Your kid wants to make his high school football team.  He wants one of those coveted spots. He wants the Varsity jersey.  And he’s willing to do just about anything to get it:  Double practices in the summer heat, multiple drills without rest and declining water during water breaks. The number of heat-related deaths on [...]

Disney Bans Junk Food Ads During Kids Programming

Disney Bans Junk Food Ads During Kids Programming

We have a ritual in our household.  If my 4-year old son behaves during the day, he can watch a bit of television before  story time.  It’s a nice motivator for him. But it also gives me some one-on-one time with my 21-month old to read stories, play and cuddle before I put her in [...]