Category Archives: Safety/Health news

Interesting Article on Co-Sleeping

A new article in BBC News states “Half of cot deaths are linked to bed-sharing but many parents are sceptical about the risk, studies have concluded.”

I have been known to bring an infant to my bed for nursing, but no matter how tired or comfy I am, I always get up and put the baby back into his crib when finished. Most of the studies I have read, have me too nervous to take the chance of rolling over my baby, or the baby being smothered by a pillow or blanket.but interestingly enough the article also states that Much of this risk was linked to parents’ smoking and alcohol or use of sedating drugs before bedtime.

For the full article, click here

Children's and Infant's Tylenol Recall Underway

A voluntary recall of several varieties of children’s and infants’ Tylenol has been announced by the drug’s manufacturer, McNeil Consumer Healthcare. Specific lots and flavors of 21 Tylenol products are being recalled, including Children’s Tylenol® Suspension 4 oz. Strawberry, Children’s Tylenol® Pediatric Suspension 1 oz. Cherry, and Infants’ Tylenol® Suspension Drops ½ oz. Grape.

According to a letter sent by Edwin K. Kuffner, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs for McNeil Consumer Healthcare, to healthcare professionals on September 18, 2009, the company initiated the recall in consultation with the Food and Drug Administration. The recall includes certain lots of Children’s and Infants’ Tylenol® products that were manufactured between April 2008 and June 2008.

The reason for the Tylenol recall concerns the possible contamination of one of the inactive ingredients used to make the medications. Examination of bulk raw materials resulted in the detection of the gram-negative bacteria Burkholderia cepacia. To date, no bacteria have been found in any of the finished products. McNeil was able to isolate the materials in which the bacteria had been found and isolated it. However, as a precaution, McNeil decided to initiate the recall of the children’s and infants’ Tylenol products that could have been affected.

Research shows that infection with B. cepacia has been reported after individuals have used pharmaceutical products such as nasal sprays and mouthwash that have been contaminated with the bacteria. Possible adverse effects related to infection with B. cepacia can be serious in patients considered to be high risk, such as those who have pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, or whose immune systems are otherwise compromised. An assessment of post-marketing safety surveillance data by McNeil of the recalled children’s and infants’ Tylenol products produced during the time period in question did not reveal any contamination concerns.

Parents and other caregivers who may have given their infants or children any of the recalled Tylenol products should contact their healthcare providers if they have any concerns. The lot numbers of Tylenol products can be found on the bottom of the product’s box as well as on the sticker that encircles the bottle. Individuals can contact the McNeil Customer Care Center at 1-800-962-5357 if they have a recalled Tylenol product, and they will be sent a coupon for a new bottle. A complete list of the recalled Tylenol products can be seen on the website.

Car Seats Can Lower Oxygen Levels In Blood While Baby Sleeps

I remember the days of my Snap and Go and Snug Ride. I loved having my baby fall asleep during a car ride, or a walk, and then just unhook the car seat and put it on my living room floor, while the baby slept and I took care of some bills or email. Unfortunately, those days are gone after a new study came out in the journal Pediatrics.

The study found that the seats can compress the chest wall and reduce airway size, which can result in lower oxygen levels in the blood. The study found that car seats can result in mild respiratory compromise in abut 20% of newborns.

While these seats are a must for travel, it is important for us to ever so carefully lift our babies out of their car seats and put them in their cribs.

Click for more info on the study

Another Brooklyn Toddler Dies After Falling Out of Window

This is the third incident in Brooklyn this month. Th latest victim is a 1-year-old girl who fell out of a second floor window in her Bensonhurst home.  A police spokesman said the window did not have safety bars.

On Wednesday an 8-year-old Bronx girl survived a fall from a seventh floor wondow and is in stable condition.

Please, please please, make sure your windows are safe. Have window guards, window stops, and don’t place furniture underneath windows, giving a child full access. If you don’t know if your windows are up to Baby Bodyguards safety standards, call us!

New Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act Aims to Gain Consumer Confidence

 

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 13, 2009
Release #09-306
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

 

CPSC to Enforce New CPSIA Requirements for Children’s Products Effective August 14

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On August 14, 2009, new requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) will take effect that are aimed at making children’s products safer and increasing consumer confidence in the marketplace. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is educating domestic and overseas manufacturers, importers, and distributors of children’s products and other consumer goods of these important new safety requirements.

CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said the CPSIA’s new requirements will help protect families and she urged businesses to comply. “I will ensure that these requirements are enforced vigorously and fairly,” said Tenenbaum. “By ensuring that toys and other children’s products meet strict lead limits and can be tracked in the event of a recall, I believe children will be better protected in their homes.”

The requirements that become effective on August 14 include:

     

  • Lead Content The limit for lead in children’s products drops from 600 parts per million (ppm) to 300 ppm. After August 14, it will be unlawful to manufacture, import, sell, or offer for sale, a children’s product that has more than 300 ppm of lead in any part (except electronics) that is accessible to children. 
  • Lead in Paint and Similar Surface Coating Materials The limit for lead in paint and similar surface-coating materials for consumer use drops from 600 ppm to 90 ppm. The lead paint limits also apply to toys and other articles intended for children as well as certain furniture products. Products subject to these limits cannot be sold, offered for sale, imported or manufactured after August 14 unless they meet the new lower lead limits. 
  • Civil Penalties Civil penalties increase substantially to a maximum of $100,000 per violation and up to a maximum of $15 million for a related series of violations. Previously, civil penalties were a maximum of $8,000 per violation and up to a maximum of $1.825 million for a related series of violations. 
  • Tracking Labels Manufacturers must place permanent distinguishing marks (tracking label) on any consumer product primarily intended for children 12 and younger made on or after August 14, 2009. The permanent marks must enable consumers to ascertain basic information, including the manufacturer or private labeler, location, the date of manufacture, and more detailed information on the manufacturing process such as a batch or run number. The permanent distinguishing marks must appear on the product itself and its packaging to the extent practicable. Learn more about the tracking label requirement at www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/sect103.html#faqs 
  • Catalog Advertising Advertising for certain toys and games intended for use by children from three to six years old must have warnings regarding potential choking hazards to children younger than three. The requirement to include warnings in Internet advertisements went into effect on December 12, 2008. There was a grace period for the requirement for catalogues and other printed materials, but this grace period expired August 9, 2009. All catalogues and other printed materials distributed on or after August 9, 2009, regardless of when they were printed, must include the appropriate warnings.

Visit CPSC’s Web site at www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html for more information about the agency’s successful implementation of the CPSIA.

After Two Tragedies This Week, Lets Talk Window Guards

In the last two days, two toddlers have fallen out of windows in Brooklyn, New York. No word yet on the condition of the two children. These falls are tragic and they could have been prevented with proper window safety

In September of 2008, we wrote a column for A Child Grows in Brooklyn, outlining NYC’s window guard law.

Health Code Section 131.15: (NYC’s window guards law)
-Pertains only to owners of a building containing 3 or more apartments.
-These owners, must provide and properly install approved window guards on all windows.
-All windows also includes, first floor bathroom, windows leading onto a balcony or terrace and in each hallway window, if any, in such buildings.
-This applies in apartments where a child (or children) 10 years of age or younger reside .
Exceptions to this law:
– Windows that open onto fire escapes
– A window on the first floor that is a required secondary exit in a building in which there are fire escapes on the second floor and up.
NYC Approved Window Guards, What are they?
-Approved window guards are a minimum of 15 inches tall with horizontal bars spaced so that any round object which is 5 inches or bigger cannot pass through
-The Manufacturer’s approval number must be imprinted on a vertical stile of the guard. For example: HDWG # 07-94-65. The number must be listed on the Approved List of Manufacturers and Model Numbers, distributed by the Department of Health.
-Guards must be appropriate for the type of window in which they are installed: double hung, casement, slider, etc.
-A landlord or manager must produce a supporting letter from the Window Guard Policy and Acceptance Board if a variance is claimed as having been granted.
-NYC approved window guards, are not permitted to be removed and are nearly impossible to remove once they are installed.
Most of the questions Baby Bodyguards receives about window guards are from parents wanting to protect their children from window accidents in their co-op, condo or house, where the NYC Window Guard Policy does not apply. In these situations we almost always recommend Guardian Angel Window Guards .
Guardian Angel Window Guards are removable, which is great in case of an emergency, or in order to install an air conditioner in the summer. They are also extremely durable, capable of withstanding 150 pounds of pressure. The Guardian Angel Company is so confident about the quality of their product that they offer a Lifetime Warranty. NYC approved window guards and Guardian Angel guards can be tricky to install depending on what material you are mounting them onto. As with any safety device, either window guard will only work if installed properly.

Child Safety and Protection Day

Sorry, I am posting this so.. late, but I just got the info.

Child Safety and Protection Day
Wednesday July 29, 2009
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Play Days and Parties
Street: 6632 Third Avenue (Next to the Firehouse)
City State Zip: Brooklyn New York 11220
Phone: 718-492-8997

Notes:
More than 800,000 children are reported missing each year. New York Life presents an opportunity to protect your children, by getting Finger Printing and emergency info if needed. The service is free and the information is private and only entered into the FBI Data Base when the parent decides to do it. For more information and to pre-register please call 718-492-8997

Simplicity Recalling 400,000 Cribs

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall on Thursday of Simplicity Drop Side Cribs.

Simplicity Inc. is recalling about 400,000 of their cribs because the flexible plastic hardware could break or deform and cause the drop side to detach. When the drop side detaches, it creates space between the side and the crib mattress that infants or toddlers could roll into and become entrapped, which can lead to suffocation.

CPSC is aware of one death involving an 8-month-old child from Houston, Texas who became entrapped and suffocated between the drop side and the crib mattress when a plastic connector on the drop side broke. CPSC also is aware of an additional 25 incidents involving the drop side detaching from the crib. There were no reported injuries in these incidents.

This recall involves all drop side cribs with a different or “newer” style of plastic hardware from those cribs recalled in September 2007. This style of Simplicity hardware can be identified by a flexible plastic tab at the top of the lower tracks. The cribs were sold from January 2005 through June 2009 for between $150 and $300 and model numbers include but may not be limited to: 8050, 8325, 8620, 8745, 8748, 8755, 8756, 8765, 8778, 8810, and 8994, 8995, 8996.

Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. Also, consumers should immediately return the crib to the place of purchase for a refund, replacement or store credit.

Bugaboo Recalls Strollers Due to Risk of Brake Failure

NEWS from CPSC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2, 2009
Release # 09-233
Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 460-2922
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

 

Bugaboo Recalls Strollers Due to Risk of Brake Failure

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Bugaboo Bee Strollers

Units: About 22,500

Distributor: Bugaboo North America Inc., of Hermosa Beach, Calif.

Manufacturer: Bugaboo Design & Sales, B.V., of the Netherlands

Hazard: One or both sides of the brakes can fail, causing a stroller to unexpectedly roll away on an incline. This can pose a risk of injury to the child occupant.

Incidents/Injuries: Bugaboo has received 121 reports of the stroller’s brakes failing. No injuries have been reported.

Description: Bugaboo Bee strollers have item code 580210 on a label on the back of the seat and item code 50100 on a label on the plastic support under the seat. The strollers were sold in blue, dark khaki, pink, red, yellow, and black. “bugaboo® bee” is printed on the left side of the seat.

Sold at: Juvenile product retailers nationwide and on various Web sites from August 2007 through April 2009 for about $530.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the strollers immediately and contact Bugaboo to receive a free repair kit. To order the bracket kit, go to www.bugaboo.com and fill in the special order form or contact Bugaboo customer service.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Bugaboo at (800) 460-2922 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, visit the firm’s Web site at www.bugaboo.com, or email the firm at bugaboobee-service@bugaboo.com

Picture of Recalled Stroller