Category Archives: Safety/Health news

Dangers of Button Batteries

An Oklahoma family suffered an awful tragedy last week when their 2 year old toddler swallowed a button battery and passed away a few days later. Button batteries are found in hearing aides, remote cButton Batteryontrols, greeting cards that play music, calculators, pen lights etc.

The child’s grandfather, says she hadn’t been feeling well for a couple days and was throwing up and had a fever. She was taken to a hospital after she began throwing up blood.

The best way to prevent any accident, is proper adult supervision and organization. Parents and caregivers need to be mindful of objects that can pose a threat to young children and make sure they are out of a childs reach.

A swallowed battery may cause no symptoms at all, but if it becomes stuck in the esophagus or stomach, the following symptoms may occur:

  • Stomach pain
  • Bloody stools
  • Cardiovascular collapse (shock)
  • Chest pain
  • Gastrointestinal inflammation
  • Hole in the esophagus
  • Nausea
  • Metallic taste
  • Vomiting (possibly bloody)

If you suspect your child swallowed a battery or another poisonous substance, it is best to call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222. They will give you further instructions.

Traveling With a Toddler

Traveling with a toddler this summer? Staying in a hotel? A few simple preparations will help make it a safe and worry-free trip.

First of all, call ahead. Some hotels and resorts will provide childproofing supplies.

If not, as soon as you arrive, babyproof the room as much as possible.

• Remove small objects (like the complimentary pen). Check around and under the bed for anything the cleaning crew might have missed.

• Check to make sure cords are out of reach—especially for things like table lamps and irons—just to eliminate the possibility of your toddler pulling them down on him.

• Bring some large outlet plugs to cover exposed outlets. A doorknob cover for the bathroom door is good (although it may not fit some hotel doorknobs). Or, a pressure gate would keep small ones out of the bathroom.

• Masking tape is a good all-purpose option in a pinch. You can tape a washcloth over sharp furniture corners, tape electrical cords or curtain cords out of reach, or even (carefully) tape drawers closed.

Be careful about what you leave in a suitcase or low drawers. Toiletries, medications, etc. should be put out of reach in the bathroom or on the closet shelf.

Don’t leave full suitcases on low benches or the folding stand that hotels sometimes provide—your toddler may be able to pull it down on herself.

If you have a hard-sided suitcase, it’s best to leave it latched—just to prevent little fingers from getting pinched.

Use the deadbolt on the door when you’re in the room. Hotel doors are made for easy and quick opening in an emergency, which means that a toddler who can reach the door handle will be able to open it.

A nightlight is a comfort item—to help your toddler feel more safe and secure if she wakes in the middle of the night.

For tips on packing for, and air travel with, young children check out havebabywilltravel.com.

Safe travels! And for more information about coming home to a safe and childproofed house, go to www.babybodyguards.com or email us at swohio@babybodyguards.com.

Baby Bodyguards Comes to SW Ohio

Three out of four child car seats are not installed properly according to the NHTSA, making them less safe or even completely unsafe for children. In family homes cabinet latches, furniture straps, stair gates and other basic protective devices that are missing, misused, or improperly installed leave hazards for small children.It’s enough to keep new parents awake at night, and it’s the kind of problem that a new service in the Cincinnati area called Baby Bodyguards is designed to solve.

Baby Bodyguards began in New York after several accidents involving friends’ children led founders Fred and Courtney Ilarraza to study home safety. With the help of emergency room physicians, first responders, child psychologists, and other professionals, they started offering a comprehensive service to local families.

And now that service is available to families in southwest Ohio. “What appealed to us about Baby Bodyguards,” said co-owner Dylan Weidlich, “is that the professional installation of safety measures is almost secondary. What’s most important is to work with new parents and educate them about child safety.” Weidlich, a former EMT with a degree in neuroscience, stressed that the aim is for children to have normal experiences in a safe environment. “Kids need to explore, learn and grow. Parents don’t need to be overprotective as long as they understand how to deal with potential hazards around them.”

Weidlich said that his experiences as a safety consultant Prentice Women’s Hospital and Chicago’s Children’s Hospital and as a certified installer in Chicago and New York convinced him of the need for such a service in his home town. He also said he appreciates that the original Baby Bodyguards is a family business, and will continue to be as it expands to Ohio. “Families look out for each other,” he said.

Baby Bodyguards of SW Ohio offers professional car seat installation, infant and child CPR classes, and home safety evaluations and installations. In a typical home safety consultation, a member of the Baby Bodyguards team meets with parents to discuss a wide range of topics, from stove safety to identifying poisonous house plants. That’s followed by a home walk-through and installation of any needed safety devices.

On-the-spot car seat installations and in-home CPR classes are also available. In New York, said Weidlich, the CPR classes have become a chance for friends to gather. “Expectant mothers or families with infants will get together in a friend’s home and share the experience.”

Weidlich and the other members of the Baby Bodyguards team can be reached at 513-573-9390 or by emailing swohio@babybodyguards.com.

For more information visit www.babybodyguards.com.

Baby Bodyguards Works On Mitsubishi Project “First Ride”

We are really excited to be working with Mitsubishi on the “First Ride” event – a program that focuses on creating awareness and educating parents on child safety. We made sure the infant safety seat used for “First Ride” was properly installed.

When installing your safety seat for the first time, read the manual and make sure you mail in the product registration card to be alerted of any recalls.

Mitsubishi Motors’ “First Ride” event provides New York City newborns a safe, free ride home from hospital

Cypress, California, April 9, 2014 – Three New York City area infants will be making their inaugural ride home in one of America’s safest SUV/crossovers as part of Mitsubishi Motors’ “First Ride” event – a program that focuses on creating awareness and educating parents on child safety.

“Every day, thousands of newborns in New York City and around the nation leave hospitals in infant car seats andhead home for the first, most important time,” says Jessica Robinson, Engineer, Vehicle Verification and Testing at Mitsubishi Motors R&D of America, Inc. “However, most people don’t realize that 73 percent of all child safety seats are not installed or used properly1 nor do they consider the safety of the actual car driving them home.”

Instead of making the journey home through the streets of New York City in a taxi – an experience that does not legally require a car seat – the parents participating in Mitsubishi Motors’ “First Ride” event opted for a ride home from the hospital with their new bundles of joy in a fully-equipped 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander – an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) highest-rated “Top Safety Pick+” vehicle piloted by professional drivers. Their touching personal stories have become a series of short web films that contrast the craziness of the streets of the big city, with the calm, precious moments shared betweenthree newborns and their parents.

Click here for #FirstRide — The Most Important Ride of All overview film

The all-new 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander was one of only four vehicles in the “Small SUV” category to receive the non-profit organization’s highest “Top Safety Pick+” designation in its crash testing evaluations. This was due to an exemplary performance in the various stringent crash testing criteria as well as the Outlander’s optional radar-based Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)2  accident/impact reduction technology – a system that includes both audio and visual warnings to the driver as well as initiates automatic braking if necessary – and a requirement for a vehicle to receive the “plus” distinction from the IIHS for 2014 Top Safety Pick.

“When the all-new 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander was named an IIHS ‘Top Safety Pick+’ for the second year in a row, we were inspired to prove the benefits of riding in one of America’s safest crossover vehicles in a critically important way,” adds Robinson. “High vehicle safety ratings should be a priority – with or without children. And finally, a couple of extra minutes making sure you know how to properly install and use child safety seats could be a life saver.”

With a starting MSRP of only $22,995, the 7-passenger 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander comes with many innovative standard safety features:

– Hill Start Assist (HSA)

– 7 air bags including driver’s side knee air bag

– Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL)

– Patented Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) energy-absorbing body/chassis safety cell technology

In addition to its included safety features, the all-new Mitsubishi Outlander is available with advanced high-tech safety systems including Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

600,000 Angelcare Baby Monitors Recalled

baby monitorThis week Angelcare voluntarily recalled over 600,000 baby monitors after the strangulation and death of two infants. Two more infants have reportedly been entangled , but not fatally.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that a cord attached to the sensor pad placed under the crib mattress poses a strangulation risk if the child pulls the cord into the crib.

The Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitors were sold at a number of popular U.S. retailers between 1999 and 2013.

For years Baby Bodyguards has been telling our clients how important it is to never have cords within the reach of infants/toddlers. Monitors need to be mounted away from the crib and the cords need to be well out of the reach of babies, at least 3 feet.

9 Year Old Boy Saves Infant by Knowing CPR

 

This is why Baby Bodyguards is developing a CPR curriculum for school aged children. What a blessing the two young boys were outside at that moment and a reminder to us all how important it is to learn CPR.

Susanna Rohm was sitting in her Marietta, Ga., living room last week with her 12-week-old son Isiah when she noticed he’d stopped breathing. Outside, two boys Rohm didn’t know, Rocky Hurt, 9, and Ethan Wilson, were playing football when they heard Rohm yell to call 911. “I said, even if it’s a burglar we still need to help because it’s the right thing to do,” Rocky recalled. The pair — who had learned CPR from signs at school — rushed into the house and led the distraught mom through the life-saving procedure. It worked. “If Rocky hadn’t been outside playing right then, I definitely would not have the baby sitting in my lap right now,” Rohm said. The young heroes’ reward? “We didn’t care if we were on the news, we just cared about saving that baby.”

 

Click for Video of Interview

 

Baby Bodyguards makes NYC's Top Baby Gurus List

Thanks StrollerTraffic!!!!

NYC’s Top Baby Gurus
The best numbers to call during tough times

It’s been said that it takes a village to raise a child—or at least the advice of some really good experts. Here’s who to call when you need a little help with . . .

. . . registering for gear: Jamie Grayson earned his stripes demonstrating strollers and car seats at Buy Buy Baby; now he runs a consultancy business as The Baby Guy NYC.

. . . designing the nursery or playroom: As a Parsons grad and former Nobu architect, Alessia Corpino and Julie Frank of My Tiny Nest know a thing or two about creating stylish environments.

. . . the stylish side of raising a baby: the tastemaking sisters-and-mom trio at Sissy + Marley consult on everything from personal shopping and baby announcements to party planning and decorating.

. . . organizing your closets: Melanie Fascitelli of Clos-Ette is a wiz at spatial planning; she’ll completely revamp your approach to hanging, folding, and organizing baby’s closets and drawers.

. . . babyproofing: Baby Body Guards does an excellent job of shielding crawlers and early walkers from cabinets, cords, doorways, and other home safety hazards.

. . . a second (all-natural) opinion: Lauri Grossman, DC CCH RSHom(NA), has taught homeopathy at NYU and Sloan-Kettering, among other institutions; she’ll recommend custom remedies for your child to treat everything from anxiety to eczema.

. . . relaxation: Not only does Janet Markovits of Maternal Massage and More give a blissful prenatal massage, she’ll also teach you how to massage your infant to help soothe upsets like colic, teething, and gas.

. . . handling your emotions: Psychologists Alexandra Goletka M.A., M.S., Psy.D and Marianna Strongin, M.A., Psy.D of Parenthood Psychology Practice give expectant and new moms support for feelings stirred up by PPD, premature births, new sibling anxiety, and other emotional obstacles. Bonus: they’ll come to your home or office, if you wish.

. . . breastfeeding: Freda Rosenfeld, Board Certified Lactation Consultant, (718.469.5990), can walk you through anything from positioning and latching to increasing milk supply.

. . . developmental concerns: Dr. Aliza Pressman and Dr. Bronwyn Charlton of Seedlings Group offer one-on-ones, small groups, and workshops to help parents work their way through tantrums, separation anxiety, biting, discipline, and limit-setting at any age.

. . . sleep training: Many exhausted parents have turned to Dr. Edward Kulich MD, MAAP, or Natalie Nevares of Mommywise to coax and coach babies into a schedule.

. . . speech: Samara Heiman, M.S., CCC-SLP and author of the Little Speakers book series, can help identify and manage challenges such as oral-motor delays, auditory processing disorder, language-based learning disabilities, expressive and receptive language deficits, and other speech-related issues.

. . . fine motor skills: If your child is struggling with pencil grip, visual perception, muscle strength, or attention and organizational skills, Casey Halper of the Casey Halper Group is a good first step toward getting ready for pre-K.

Dorel Safety Seat Recall

Child-safety-seat manufacturer Dorel Juvenile Group is recalling 1,737 Comfy Carry and OnBoard35 infant-safety seats because they were sold without the seat base, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The seat base contains the required Latch attachment assembly. Without the assembly, these infant-safety seats fail to meet federal safety standard requirements and may be difficult to properly install in a car, increasing the risk of injury to the child. The affected models are:

Comfy Carry: IC123FSM
OnBoard 35: IC124FSM
Dorel will notify registered owners of the recall and provide bases at no cost. Parents and caregivers who haven’t registered their infant seats should call Dorel at 877-416-8111. Affected owners also can call NHTSA’s hotline at 888-327-4236.

Baby Safe Holiday Decorations

With the holidays right around the corner, you may be wondering if you have to give up on decorating now that you have a baby. I wanted to share some products we found that will keep your home looking as festive as ever, and your baby safe at the same time.

Check out these vintage ornaments on Etsy. They are unbreakable and you don’t have to worry about your little one choking on any small pieces.

Love the glow of candlelight? Now you don’t have to worry about blowing out the flame, or baby getting burned. Baby Bodyguards loves these Flamesless LED Candles from Pier 1. Just pop in batteries and you have the look and effect of flickering candles.

Once you have the pitter patter of little feet running around, you need to take down the tablecloth. We can’t tell you how many devastating stories we have heard about toddlers getting scalded by soup, coffee, etc. Instead of a festive tablecoth, try a table runner. We like this one from Pottery Barn

We will be updating this with more holiday safety tips after Thanksgiving

Happy Turkey Day!!!!

 

 

Johnson & Johnson Starts Removing Toxins From Baby Products

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Amid pressure from activists, Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday that it is continuing efforts to remove two harmful chemicals from its iconic baby shampoo and other baby products in the U.S.

An international coalition of consumer and environmental groups has been pressing J&J since May 2009 to remove two potentially cancer-causing chemicals from products including its signature Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, long advertised under the slogan “No More Tears.”

Two weeks ago, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics was emboldened after finding the health care giant had removed the two chemicals – 1,4-dioxane, considered a likely carcinogen, and quaternium-15, a chemical that releases the preservative formaldehyde – from products in several other countries, including the U.K., Scandinavia and South Africa. But in the U.S., China and elsewhere, the products contain trace amounts of the potentially cancer-causing chemicals.

The company’s decision, very similar to its response to the coalition two weeks ago, comes as it faces scrutiny over its product quality. That’s after J&J has conducted more than two dozen product recalls over the past two years for problems ranging from glass and metal shards in liquid medicines and improper levels of active ingredients to nauseating odors in product bottles and painful, defective hip implants.

The New Brunswick, N.J., company still has a Teflon reputation for many of its products, but questions about the safety of its baby products led to a rebuke from the Chinese government earlier this month and thousands of consumers writing the company that they would no longer buy those products, according to the campaign.

“We think it’s an important step forward. We look forward to the day when all their products are free of carcinogens and other chemicals of concern,” campaign spokeswoman Stacy Malkan said, referring to J&J’s response Wednesday.

Johnson & Johnson told The Associated Press that it expects to remove all quarternium-15 from its hundreds of baby products within about two years – sooner for baby shampoo. It’s already started providing some versions with alternative preservatives.

The company said it’s been working with global suppliers to require them to reduce traces of 1,4-dioxane to less than four parts per million and that most already meet that standard. The company’s “long-term goal” is to keep seeking new alternatives that don’t produce 1,4-dioxane in the manufacturing process, J&J said in a letter sent late Wednesday to the campaign’s director, Lisa Archer.

The company, which also makes Band-Aids, medical devices and biologic drugs, has repeatedly said formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are safe and legal. However, according to the campaign there are no U.S. standards for those chemicals in personal care products.

The campaign and outside experts say the chemicals irritate the sensitive, highly permeable skin of babies and, combined with all the other chemicals to which babies and toddlers are exposed, contribute to health risks.