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Archive: July, 2013

POSTED: Monday, July 29, 2013, 9:13 AM
Filed Under: Anna Nguyen | Health Hazards

With two young children, meal time prep usually involves cutting food into small pieces to avoid any potential chozing hazards. Despite my best efforts, there have been some near choking incidents – my 1-year-old stuffing too much fruit in her month at once and my 3-year-old swallowing meat that wasn’t chewed well enough. Luckily for me, coughing cleared things up.

A study in Pediatrics released online today captures how common non-fatal food choking incidents are for children. Almost 112,914 children from ages 0 to 14 years had a nonfatal food-related choking episode that required a trip to the emergency room from 2001 to 2009. That’s an average of 12,435 children per year or 34 children per day.

In fact, choking is a leading cause of injury among children, and can sometimes be fatal, especially in children 4 years of age or younger. The size, shape, and consistency of certain foods make them more likely to be a choking hazard for these kids. In the study, infants under the age of 1 accounted for 37.8 percent of all the choking cases.

POSTED: Saturday, July 27, 2013, 6:00 AM
Filed Under: Anna Nguyen | Product Recalls

Renaissance Imports recalls about 5,000 Autumn Run Girls Gemma II Boots because an exposed staple in the sole of the boot presents a laceration hazard to the consumer.

The boots have the SKU number 0529-02613-1050. The company received one report of a consumer who was punctured by an exposed staple in the sole. For more information, go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

POSTED: Friday, July 26, 2013, 9:35 AM
Filed Under: Anna Nguyen | Product Recalls

Nan Far Woodworking recalled 3,900 Rockland Furniture round cribs due to entrapment, suffocation and fall hazards. The crib’s drop-side rails can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail. When this happens, the drop-side rail can fall out of position and create a space where an infant or toddler can become wedged or entrapped, posing a risk of strangulation or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. In addition, drop-side related incidents can also occur due to incorrect assembly and with age-related wear and tear.

The cribs were sold at JCPenny. No injuries have been reported. For more information, go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

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POSTED: Friday, July 26, 2013, 9:34 AM
Filed Under: Anna Nguyen | Product Recalls

Kids II recalled almost 408,500 Baby Einstein Activity Jumpers in the United States and Canada because the “sun” toy attachment on the activity jumper can rebound with force and injure the infant, posing an impact hazard.

The jumper was sold at Target, Toys R Us and other retails stores nationwide and online at between May 2010 and May 2013 for about $90.

The company has received 100 reports of incidents including 61 injuries. Reported injuries include bruises, lacerations to the face, a 7-month-old boy who sustained a lineal skull fracture and a chipped tooth to an adult. For more information, go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

POSTED: Thursday, July 25, 2013, 9:21 AM

A recent study in Pediatrics found that African American and Hispanic children are less likely to be diagnosed and treated for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder than white children. It was a very well designed, carefully measured study based on a representative sample of over 15,000 children being followed in a longitudinal study. The problem is these now 20-year-olds, were all born in 1993 and the measurement was of how many were diagnosed between their kindergarten year of 1998 and eighth grade in 2003.  It is a great snapshot, but an old snapshot.

We’ve now seen diagnostic rates for ADHD rise dramatically in the past 10 years (a 53 percent increase), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that over 11 percent of children are now diagnosed with ADHD. This includes nearly one in five high school age boys who have been diagnosed over the course of their lives by a professional.  

It also appears that race or ethnicity no longer predicts how likely a child will be diagnosed with ADHD. Children from low income families who have Medicaid insurance are more likely to be diagnosed, as are children of single mothers. Poverty is now the strongest predictor. The CDC says that the differences between racial and ethnic groups are diminishing. The leadings states for ADHD diagnosis? Alabama, North Carolina, Mississippi.  The lowest numbers are in Wyoming and Utah. 

POSTED: Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 6:00 AM
Filed Under: Stephen Aronoff

“To everything there is a season,” and this applies to viruses as well.  In the winter, children are confronted with viruses that cause respiratory disease, such as rhinovirus, and gastrointestinal disease, such as norovirus. 

In the summer, a group of viruses called enteroviruses appear, which like their wintertime brethren, cause mini-epidemics of disease among children. Enteroviruses begin with non-specific symptoms such as fever, loss of appetite and fatigue. The most notable enterovirus, polio, has thankfully been eliminated from the U.S. and majority of the world. A polio outbreak going on now in Somalia is causing concern in that region.

Since nature abhors a vacuum, two other enteroviruses, enterovirus 71 and coxsackievirus A, typically appear in the summertime.  Much of our understanding of the scope of disease caused by these viruses came from an epidemic in Taiwan in 1998.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 5:30 AM

Today's guest blogger is Susan Charkes, the author of Outdoors with Kids Philadelphia, published by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). Susan writes frequently about the outdoors, including AMC’s Best Day Hikes Near Philadelphia, and she is a hike leader with AMC’s Delaware Valley Chapter. Contact Susan at

With woods, creeks, and open space around almost every corner of our “Green Countrie Towne,” the Philadelphia region is ideal for getting kids hooked on low-tech, healthy outdoor fun like hiking, biking, paddling, and nature watching. Get started with these 10 top picks, which are all highlighted with hours, directions, and more info at, a free online community helping Philadelphia-area families to get outdoors.

  1. Wissahickon Valley Park, Philadelphia: This gem of the Fairmount Park system should be at the top of every family’s go-to list. Forbidden Drive, a wide gravel path, is stroller-friendly and an easy bike ride along the rocky Wissahickon Creek. Young kids can explore footpaths around the Wissahickon Environmental Center (the “Tree House”); older ones can hike or bike rugged trails leading from Valley Green to the “Indian statue” and the Fingerspan Bridge.

POSTED: Saturday, July 20, 2013, 6:10 AM
Filed Under: Anna Nguyen | Product Recalls
Macy’s recalled the jackets because the snaps on the jackets can come off, posing a choking hazard. (Photo from

Macy’s recalled about 8,700  Infants’ First Impressions Varsity Jackets because the snaps on the jackets can come off, posing a choking hazard. The hooded jackets come in navy blue with green and turquoise trim, or gray with yellow sleeves and navy and yellow trim.

No injuries have been reported. For more information, go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

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Anna Nguyen Healthy Kids blog Editor
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. Temple University Hospital
Christopher C. Chang, M.D., Ph.D Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
Mario Cruz, M.D St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Drexel University College of Medicine
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist - The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic, CHOP
Gary A. Emmett, M.D. Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Lauren Falini Bariatric exercise physiologist, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. Crozer-Keystone Health System
Anita Kulick President & CEO, Educating Communities for Parenting
Janet Rosenzweig, MS, PhD, MPA VP for Programs & Research for Prevent Child Abuse America
Beth Wallace Smith, RD Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
Flaura Koplin Winston, MD, PhD Scientific Director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention
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