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POSTED: Friday, August 30, 2013, 9:33 AM
Filed Under: Anna Nguyen | Product Recalls

Build-A-Bear recalled about 26,100 of its Sully stuffed character toy in the U.S. and Canada because the animal’s eye can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. Sully is the furry blue creature from the Monsters movies.

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


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POSTED: Thursday, August 29, 2013, 9:22 AM
Filed Under: Anna Nguyen | Product Recalls

Baby Jogger recalled about 30,200 the car seat adaptors in the U.S. and Canada because its support bars can fail, posing a fall hazard to children. The car seat adaptors come in three models: single, double, and select/versa.They are used to secure a variety of infant car seats onto Baby Jogger strollers.

The company has received 47 reports of the car seat adaptor supports bars failing and car seats falling to the floor. Reports include two injured infants with bruises to the head and toes.

For more information, go the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Website.


POSTED: Thursday, August 29, 2013, 5:30 AM
Filed Under: Janet Rosenzweig | Sex
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Today's guest blogger is Janet Rosenzweig, MS, PhD, MPA, a national consultant for child sexual abuse prevention for Prevent Child Abuse America and the author of The Sex-Wise Parent. For more information, read her blog or contact DrRosenzweig@sexwiseparent.com to schedule a program for your school or community group.

Most of us pay no attention to the weather unless something extraordinary happens — a horrible storm, or a gloriously sunny day in the middle of winter. Likewise, most people pay no attention to the sexual climate in the places they spend their time each day until something doesn’t feel right. Maybe the jokes are just a little bit too risqué, displays of affection are too intense, or questionable photos are hanging over a colleague’s desk; something just feels creepy. A lot of adults relate this concept to their workplace, but few of us recognize that it also applies to our kids’ schools.

Kids spend most of their waking hours in school, and schools each have their own climate or “social feel".  A school’s “culture” would be its policies, procedures, rules and regulations, while school “climate” refers to how it actually feels to be in a school. This is a difficult concept for people who have spent time in few schools, but the differences can be vast. Researchers use variations in school climate to predict outcomes like academic achievement, rates of bullying, and sexual health and safety.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 1:02 PM
Filed Under: Anna Nguyen | Product Recalls

HALO SleepSacks is recalling about 27,000 of its wearable blankets with pink satin flowers because petals from the floral embellishment on the blankets can detach, posing a choking hazard to infants.

The company has received six reports of the petals detaching from the blankets, including one report of an infant found gagging on a detached petal. The sleep sacks were sold at Babies R Us and www.babiesrus.com from December 2011 through July 2013.

For more information, go the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Website.


POSTED: Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 6:00 AM
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Today's guest blogger is Joanne Sullivan, the executive director of the Pennsylvania Immunization Coalition.

Considering it is one of the greatest marvels of medicine – the ability to inoculate human beings against deadly diseases – it’s hard to believe it’s necessary to designate any month of the year as National Immunization Awareness Month.

However, here we are, in August, recognizing and raising awareness of the importance of vaccines.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 6:00 AM
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Today's guest blogger is Lynda Mitchell, president of Kids with Food Allergies (KFA), a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).

With Labor Day weekend coming up, it’s time to start focusing on getting back to school.  For parents like myself, a range of emotions – excitement, reflection and apprehension – marks this time of year.

I can remember getting my son, who has food allergies, ready to go back to school over 16 years ago. He was well prepared and understood the seriousness of his allergy.  Still, he was just a little boy. And as a first-grader he did end up having a severe allergic reaction, also known as anaphylaxis, at school. Thankfully, I had a food allergy management plan in place on the first day of school; he had a prescribed epinephrine injector, and a school nurse who was aware of his allergy. His reaction was handled perfectly, and I will be forever grateful.

POSTED: Thursday, August 22, 2013, 6:00 AM
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"Why do we need B.O.? What is the function of it? Everything in nature has a reason, has a purpose, except B.O. Doesn't make any sense: do something good, hard work, exercise, smell very bad. This is the way the human being is designed. You move, you stink. Why can't our bodies help us? Why can't sweat smell good?" — Jerry Seinfeld

Why do we need B.O.? B.O., a.k.a. bromhidrosis, results from sweating. Sweating is your body’s way of cooling down when overheated.  Although sweating is part of the way the human being is designed, it can be a real pain. Unfortunately, B.O. usually starts becoming a problem during puberty – a time when teens’ bodies are changing and they’re already extremely self-conscious.

Why can’t sweat smell good? The answer lies in the sweat glands. During puberty, the increasing androgen hormones in boys and girls increase the activity of the sweat glands and alter the chemistry of the sweat. When sweat comes in contact with normal skin bacteria, the sweat serves as food for bacteria, and body odor develops. It’s not just the underarms that are the offenders. With puberty, teens start perspiring in places like the scalp, upper thighs, groin, anal area, and even the feet. Who knew that all of these areas had sweat glands?

POSTED: Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 9:23 AM
Filed Under: Anna Nguyen | Product Recalls

Apple Park recalled about 7,250 loungewear garments because they fail to meet children’s sleepwear federal flammability standards which require sleepwear, including loungewear, to be either snug-fitting or flame resistant, posing a risk of burn injuries to children.

This recall involves Apple Park children’s 96% viscose and 4% spandex two-piece sets from the Apple Park Bamboo Loungewear Collection. They were sold in children’s sizes 6 months through size 4.

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


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The Healthy Kids blog is your window into the latest news, research and advice around children's health. Learn more about our growing list of contributors here.

If you have questions about your child's health, ask them here.

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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