Anna Nguyen, Healthy Kids blog Editor
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Angelcare Monitors Inc. announced a voluntary recall to provide cord covers for about 600,000 Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitors with Sensor Pads. The cord attached to the baby monitor’s sensor pad is placed under the crib mattress, which poses a strangulation risk if the child pulls the cord into the crib and it becomes wrapped around the neck.
Angelcare and CPSC have received reports of two infant cord strangulation deaths. In November 2011, a 13-month-old female died in San Diego, Calif., and, in August 2004, an 8-month-old female died in Salem, Ore. In both fatalities, the cord from the sensor pads was pulled into the crib by the infant. In addition, there have been two reports of infants who became entangled in cords of Angelcare baby monitor models, which did not result in fatalities. In these incidents, it could not be determined if the “sensor pad cord” or the “monitor cord” was involved in the incident.
The baby monitor includes a unique sensor pad placed inside the crib, under the mattress, to monitor movement of the baby. An electrical cord about 11 feet long is permanently connected from the sensor pad to the nursery monitor unit. The hazard is created by a cord within reach of a baby inside the crib. The cord can be pulled into the crib and can wrap around the child’s neck.
Anna Nguyen, Healthy Kids blog Editor
The Bailey Boys recalled about 2,000 boy’s loungewear pants because they fail to meet federal flamability standards for children’s sleepwear, posing a risk of burn injuries to children. They were sold in sizes toddler 2 through boys’ 12. All of the pajama pants have an elastic waistband with a white drawstring and a garment label that states “J.Bailey clothing for young men.” The pajama pants were sold in multiple prints.
No injuries have been reported. For more information, go the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Website.
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Anita Kulick, President & CEO, Educating Communities for Parenting
The hottest news lately seems to be a football story that has very little to do with the game. It’s about a Miami Dolphins player bullying a teammate or is it? That’s certainly how it’s being presented in the media. Whatever the real story is, it’s a great conversation starter generating lots of controversy and pseudo psychological analyses.
Following the news coverage, I’ve began wondering if it’s really a case of bullying, or just the culture of sports. This type of behavior seems to be acceptable, even encouraged, on nearly every team – from township to professional leagues – especially sports that covet athletes who have brute strength combined with competitiveness and aggression.
Beyond the story of these two troubled men, does this situation have any relevancy for the public at large? It does. It’s stirring up anxiety for parents who are already concerned about the rampant bullying occurring in schools, on playgrounds, in cyberspace, and almost everywhere else. As a parent, you might be thinking if a physically powerful, intelligent, grown man can be brought down by a bully, how can I protect my child from suffering a similar fate?
Paul Reggiardo, D.D.S.
Today's guest blogger is Paul Reggiardo, D.D.S., a pediatric dentist in Huntington Beach, California. He is a national spokesperson of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and past president of the AAPD, as well as an advocate for the dental health and overall well-being of children.
Amidst open enrollment season, parents need to be aware of a significant change to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Pediatric dental benefits are now considered to be one of 10 “essential benefits” plans must provide. This means children will either have pediatric dental benefits included in a medical plan package or there will be an option to purchase these benefits separately.
On a national scale, this new provision could mean 8.7 million children currently lacking dental benefits could gain coverage through the ACA by 2018. This new accessibility to dental care has the opportunity to help curb the staggering statistics provided by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which shows that tooth decay is the number one chronic infectious disease among children in the U.S., affecting 42 percent of children aged 2 to 11 years old.
Janet Rosenzweig, MS, PhD, MPA, Author and National consultant for child sexual abuse prevention programs for Prevent Child Abuse America
Kids need to learn about their bodies and sex; parents know that. But most parents struggle to find the right way to teach them. A good book, carefully chosen, can help you teach sexual health and safety, but where to start to find the perfect book?
The local branch of a chain bookstore had sections for pre-schoolers and teens. In the area for very young kids, I found a few books with catchy titles and age-appropriate graphics, dedicated either to helping little kids learn where babies come from or how to avoid stranger danger.
While several books had good information, each book I read had at least one point that killed it for me. For example, one book offered the fact that "penises get hard so they can go into vaginas". That's no help to a child whose penis gets hard in the bath, in his sleep or worse yet, at the touch or a predator. A parent reading this book could add their own explanation or substitute their own words for the author’s.Parents may think that adding their own commentary defeats the purpose of using a book to help communicate the most sensitive points, but what it really does is underline that books are not a substitute for an on-going conversation between parents and kids.
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A., Temple University Hospital
Today, one in five visits to a pediatric healthcare provider results in a prescription for an antibiotic – this accounts for nearly 50 million antibiotic prescriptions each year in the United States.
However, most upper respiratory tract infections – those in the nose, sinuses and throat -- are caused by viruses and require no antibiotics. As many as 10 million antibiotic prescriptions annually are directed toward respiratory conditions for which they are unlikely to provide beneﬁt. Over prescribing these medications can cause avoidable drug-related side effects, contribute to antibiotic resistance, and add unnecessary medical costs.
To reduce the indiscriminate use of antibiotics for these common infections, the American Academy of Pediatrics released today three principles for the judicious use of antibiotics for pediatric upper respiratory infections.
Denise Jeffery RD, LDN
Denise Jeffery RD, LDN is a clinical dietitian for Healthy Weight Program at The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner…Here is a healthier, yet delicious way to enjoy a typical turkey day dessert with half the calories.
A typical slice of pumpkin pie can pack on the pounds with 323 calories, 13 grams of fat, and 25 grams of sugar, so try this version for only 110 calories, less than 1 gram of fat, and 17grams of sugar!
Anna Nguyen, Healthy Kids blog Editor
Step2 recalled about 14,000 of its Whisper Ride Touring Wagons in the United States and Canada because the removable blue seat backs can detach and allow the child in the wagon to fall out, posing a fall hazard.
Sold exclusively at Toys R Us, the two-seat plastic wagon is 25-inches wide by 41.25-inches long by 20-inches high with blue seats, a tan wagon base and a red canopy.
Step2 has received 29 reports of the seat back detaching, 28 of which resulted in children falling out of the wagon. Fourteen of these resulted in bumped heads and nine resulted in bruises, scratches or lacerations.
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