Mercury Found in High Fructose Corn Syrup

I found this interesting post on EcoChildsplay.com:

Mercury was found in nearly fifty percent of tested samples of commercial high fructose corn syrup according to an article published in the scientific journal, Environmental Health.

A separate study detected mercury in nearly one third of fifty-five popular brand name foods and beverages where HFCS is the first or second highest labeled ingredient.

According to David Wallinga, M.D., from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy,

“Mercury is toxic in all its forms.  Given how much high fructose corn syrup is consumed by children, it could be a significant additional source of mercury never before considered.”

It seems we have one more reason to avoid HFCS, and make sure our children are not consuming this so called natural ingredient.

High fructose corn syrup is found in many processed foods, the obvious being soft drinks, candies, and other sweets.  Also, beware of it in things you wouldn’t expect such as breads, cereals, yogurts, ketchup, and even some granola bars.

Now, more than ever, it’s important for our kids to eat as much “real food” as possible.  Make sure to read labels, and look for short ingredient lists containing things you can identify.

And beware of HFCS.

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Question of the Week

Dear Baby Bodyguards,

I received a safety gate as a gift at my shower. It is pressure mounted, but says it can be used at the top of a staircase. I have heard conflicting information as to whether or not it is okay to use pressure mounted gates on the top of the stairs. I put it up, and it seems to be in super tight, do you think this is safe?

I am so glad a concerned parent asked this question. I cannot tell you how many clients call us after having experienced an accident with their child related to a pressure mounted gate at the top of the stairs. The manufacturer’s claims can be very misleading in this regard. While it is acceptable to use a pressure mounted gate at the bottom of the stairs you should not use a pressure mounted gate at the top of the stairs. Some pressure mounted gates come with hardware so that it can be wall mounted if it is going to be used at the top of the stairs. Again not all gates are able to be wall mounted but some can and certainly any gate at the top of the stairs should be wall mounted. All gates sold in the US will state “can be used for top of stairs” if they are appropriate to do so, “can be used for stairs” simply means that it can be used for the bottom and may be able to be used for the top.

If the thought of getting out your drill and level intimidates you, you can call us, and we will do it for you.

2 Crib Recalls Already This Year!

On January 13, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of over 500,000 Stork Craft Baby Cribs. The cribs were sold at major retailers, including J.C. Penney, Kmart, and Walmart stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Babiesrus.com, Costco.com, and Walmart.com from May 2000 through January 2009 for between $100 and $400.

 

The metal brackets used to support the crib mattress and mattress board can crack and break creating a dangerous gap between the mattress and crib rails. A child could become entrapped in the gap and suffocate.

 

Consumers should stop using the recalled cribs immediately and find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby. Consumers should contact Stork Craft for a free replacement kit. For more information, read the CPSC recall notice.

 

The recall is in addition to a Jan. 6 recall of over 56,000 Jardine brand cribs. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled approximately 320,000 Jardine cribs last year and just last week announced the recall of an additional 56,000 Jardine brand cribs.

 

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission the wooden slats on the cribs can break, creating a gap that poses entrapment and strangulation hazards. The recall includes Dark Pine Olympia Lifetime Cribs, Antique Walnut Capri Single Cribs and White Capri Lifetime Cribs sold at KidsWorld, Geoffrey Stores, Toys “R” Us, and Babies “R” Us stores nationwide and at babiesrus.com from March 2004 through January 2009 for between $220 and $330.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact Jardine to receive a full credit toward the purchase of a new crib. Only cribs with specific model numbers and date codes are subject to the recall. For model numbers and date codes and for information on how to obtain your credit, read the January 6 Jardine Crib Recall notice.

Recall on Britax Frontier

Some car seats are being recalled after safety experts determined they could fail to secure children in the event of a crash.

Cerain Britax Frontier child restraints are involved.

Tests reveal the harness straps may detach from the metal yoke on the back of the restraint if repeatedly loosened one strap at a time.

To fix the problem, Britax will mail to all registered owners rubber caps that prevent the straps from detaching.

To get the fix, call Britax at 800-683-2045 and request a kit.

You can also order a fix on their Web site.

The affected models include E9L54E7, E9L54H6, E9L54H7, E9L54M6 manufactured on or before September 14, 2008, and model E9L5490 manufactured on or before Sept. 17, 2008.

New Lead Law Explained

February 10th is a day that is haunting retailers. Any toys or children’s clothing that does not meet the new Federal lead requirements must be thrown away. The government issued a Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act last year, stating children’s products for ages twelve and under cannot contain more than six-hundred parts per million total lead, or contain more than point-one-percent of specific phthalates. Research shows that both lead and certain phthalates can harm children.

Toys and children’s items that are currently on the shelves will have to be sent to independent labs for testing. If they do not meet the new requirements, those items will have to be thrown out.

Stores are unofficially calling the start of this act ‘National Bankruptcy Day.’ However, a little relief was given to Thrift and Consignment stores.

On Thursday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission clarified the new requirements by adding that sellers of used children’s products, such as Thrift stores and Consignment stores, are not required to certify their products.

This is all great news for Thrift and Consignment shops, but what about small toy makers. Small toy makers of wood, organic and “lead and phthalate free” toys, including craftswomen/men and Europena toy makers will also have to pay to have their toys tested. Having a toy tested will cost thousands of dollars, which is just not an option for a lot of small toy manufacturers.

Use Caution When Giving Kids Cold and Flu Meds

 ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 5 It’s cold and flu season, which means misery for kids and the parents trying to help them. But doctors are asking parents to resist the urge to give children under the age of 6 over-the-counter cough and cold medication. Such drugs can have serious side effects on the smallest of children, the Food and Drug Administration warns. Side effects include hives, drowsiness, difficulty breathing and even death. “Some 7,000 children end up in the emergency room each year because of problems associated with these medicines,” says Esther Yoon, M.D., general pediatrician in the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases at the University of Michigan Health System. Roughly two-thirds of incidents occurred after children drank medication while unsupervised, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most problems have occurred as a result of dosing errors. To ease pain from a harsh cough or throat pain, doctors recommend using over-the-counter acetaminophen and ibuprofen in age-appropriate doses, Yoon says.    To relieve symptoms, doctors recommend the following: For blocked noses, parents should use nasal saline drops and a bulb suction to loosen up and remove mucus or have the child blow their nose. For coughs, the child should be given a teaspoon of honey or corn syrup if over the age of 1. Have the child drink warm fluids like water, apple juice and chicken broth to help with coughing. Take the child into the bathroom and run a hot shower. The steam relaxes the airways and helps with coughing spasms. Increase the humidity in the home to help reduce nasal congestion and coughing. Parents can help prevent colds by washing hands frequently, using instant hand sanitizers, teaching children to cover their mouth and nose when they cough or sneeze, and making sure children are well hydrated, have good nutrition and are getting enough sleep. “Other good tips include disinfecting the home, kitchen countertops, door knobs and toys,” Yoon says. “Children should get plenty of vitamin C and E to help fight germs and a multivitamin is also helpful.” Cold symptoms caused by a virus typically last between four and five days. But if they continue for more than five days, Yoon recommends taking the child to a doctor. If a child is having difficulty breathing or is wheezing, he or she should be seen right away. Infants younger than 3 months old with a fever should also be seen right away. For more information, visit these Web sites: FDA recommendation: http://www.fda.gov/Cder/drug/advisory/cough_cold_2008.htm What to do for colds and flu: http://www.fda.gov/opacom/lowlit/clds&flu.html SOURCE  University of Michigan Health System

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