Category Archives: Safety/Health news

Music Nurtures Premature Babies

A Canadian team reviewed nine studies and found music reduced pain and encouraged better oral feeding in premature babies.

The benefits of playing music for premature infants are said to be calmer infants and parents as well as faster weight gain and shorter hospital stays.

Most of the trials the researchers looked at used lullabies with or without added sounds, such as heartbeats or womb noises, and one used live music – a specially composed wordless lullaby sung by a female voice and accompanied by a harp.

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2009 Safer Sunscreen List

Most of you already know that I am a HUGE fan of Safe Mama (safemama.com), The SafeMama reviews tons of shampoos, bug sprays, sunblocks etc, and compile lists of the best of the best using very strict criteria.

It’s that time of year again, and all of us mamas need to add the sunblock to out diaper bags for daily use. I wanted to share the 2009 SafeMama’s Sunscreen Showdown.

My diaper bag is stocked with JASON Cosmetics Chemical Free Sunblock. I not only use this for my son, but for myself too, and have been very happy with it the last 2 years.   It can be found in health food stores for $14.

Jardine Recalls 96,000 cribs

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Jardine Enterprises is recalling about 96,000 cribs, the third crib recall the company has issued in a year.

Jardine Enterprises is recalling about 96,000 cribs, the third crib recall the company has issued in a year.

The slats on the recalled cribs can break, leaving a gap where small children can get trapped or strangled.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says it has received 31 reports of broken slats and two reports of children getting trapped. Ten of the incidents were caused when a child broke the slats from inside the crib.

The cribs were sold at Toys “R” Us, Babies “R” Us, KidsWorld and Geoffrey stores around the country, as well as on http://www.babiesrus.com. They were available between September 2005 and April 2009.

The Taiwanese company recalled about 320,000 cribs in June 2008 and another 56,450 in January.

Here is a list of the model numbers recalled, with the name of the product and the dates when the product was sold:

0102B00 Drop-side Natural Olympia Single 9/2005-1/2007
0102E00 Drop-side Dark Pine Olympia Single 9/2005-1/2008
0302P00 Black Olympia Lifetime 11/2005-5/2008
0302C00 White Olympia Lifetime 6/2006-12/2006
0312D00 Americana Pecan 4-in-1 5/2006-11/2007
0308L00 Antique Walnut Capri 4-in-1 12/2005-11/2007
0108C00 Drop-side White Capri Single 8/2006-11/2007 

For additional information, contact Jardine at (800) 646-4106 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at http://www.jardinecribrecall.com/.

Swine Flu Info

Instead of writing my own details on the swine flu in this blog, I am simply going to refer everyone to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website on the swine flu. Because this information is changing on an almost daily basis, it doesn’t make much sense for me to try to write a new blog every few days.

The CDC’s website is www.CDC.gov/ swineflu/ . There you can read all sorts of timely and useful information about what it is, where it is, how to prevent it, and how to seek care if you suspect it.

In a nutshell, here are a few highlights:
• There is currently no vaccine for humans for the swine flu. There is one for pigs.

• The current common flu vaccine used in humans does NOT protect against the swine flu.

• There are anti-viral medications for anyone with a confirmed case available for children age 1 year and older, and adults.

• The symptoms are the same as the regular flu. It isn’t clear why there have been more fatalities than expected in the Mexico outbreak.

• This particular strain of the swine flu seems to be a naturally-occurring cross breed of the human flu, an avian flu, and 2 types of the swine flu.

EVERYONE NEEDS TO DO THEIR PART AND STAY HOME IF YOU ARE ILL WITH FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS, COVER YOUR MOUTH IF YOU SNEEZE OR COUGH, WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY, AND CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR AND ASK ABOUT BEING TESTED FOR THE SWINE FLU IN THEIR OFFICE WITHOUT INFECTING EVERYONE ELSE THERE.

As of right now, only people who have knowingly been in contact with a swine flu-infected person, or people who are part of a large flu outbreak in a certain area, are recommended to get tested with a nasal swab. If you have flu symptoms, but haven’t been knowingly exposed and aren’t part of a large outbreak (such as your workplace, school, etc), then you probably just have the regular flu. The CDC website has up-to-date information.

Ban on BPA Is Now Official in Suffolk County

Suffolk County is the first to ban BPA in bottles and sippy cups in the nation. Several states including California, Oregon and Hawaii are considering doing away with BPA,but Suffolk County, on Long Island, is the first place in the nation to enact one.

The Suffolk County ban will take effect within 90 days of being filed with New York’s secretary of state and applies to empty beverage containers used by children ages 3 and younger.

Steve Levy, the Suffolk County executive, said children’s exposure to potentially harmful products should be minimized.

“Of all the things a parent must worry about,” he said, “whether or not their child is being harmed by a baby bottle should not be one of them.”

Pistachio Recall due to Salmonella

Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc., California, also known as Setton Farms, is the subject of an investigation by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning Salmonella contamination.

The Farm had stopped all distribution of processed pistachios and issued a voluntary recall involving approximately 1 million pounds of its products. Because the pistachios were used as ingredients in a variety of foods, it is likely this recall will impact many products. In addition, the investigation at Setton Farms is ongoing and may lead to additional pistachio product recalls.

US Food Safety, is a great website for updated information on this recall as well as all new recalls

Childrens Bath Products Contaminated With Formaldehyde and 1, 4 Dioxane

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics published a press release On March 12th outlining their findings from independent studies and some tips on what to do. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested dozens mainstream baby care products ranging from Johnson & Johnson, Baby Magic, Suave and Mustela and found formaldehyde and 1,4 dioxane in many of them

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics commissioned an independent laboratory to test 48 products for 1,4-dioxane; 28 of those products were also tested for formaldehyde. The lab found that:

This new report is very disturbing.

-17 out of 28 products tested – 61 percent – contained both formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane.

-23 out of 28 products – 82 percent – contained formaldehyde at levels ranging from 54 to 610 parts per million (ppm).

-32 out of 48 products – 67 percent – contained 1,4-dioxane at levels ranging from 0.27 to 35 ppm.

From The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: Formaldehyde contaminates personal care products when common preservatives release formaldehyde over time in the container. Common ingredients likely to contaminate products with formaldehyde include quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea and diazolidinyl urea.

1,4-dioxane is a byproduct of a chemical processing technique called ethoxylation, in which cosmetic ingredients are processed with ethylene oxide. Manufacturers can easily remove the toxic byproduct, but are not required by law to do so. Common ingredients likely to be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane include PEG-100 stearate, sodium laureth sulfate, polyethylene and ceteareth-20.

What we as parents can do : (tips and list taken from Safe Mama)

-Less is More.  Use less products.. .babies and kids don’t need that many products to be clean.  Especially babies… their skin is already perfect, skip the lotion.

-Pick Safer Products: We’ve compiled lists of product lines that use natural and less synthetic ingredients and we are constantly reviewing safe baby care lines on our site.  Formaldehyde and 1,4 dioxane are often by-products of synthetic chemical processing so the more natural the better. Check out our Safer Skin Care Cheat Sheets.

-Avoid synthetic fragrances, dyes, or products with a huge list of ingredients that you don’t recognize.

Mainstream baby products might label themselves as “pure, gentle… just like water” or whatever else they claim but in reality, they’re not.  They’re cheap, yes, but it is worth it?

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.