Tag Archives: child safety

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.

Car Seat Clinic at Blue Cocoon Boutique on March 7th

More than 3 out of 4 infant and child car seats are installed incorrectly, according to the NHTSA. In an accident–or even a quick stop–an improperly fastened seat may not protect the child.

Parents in the Cincinnati area can be more sure that their children are safe in their cars thanks to a free car seat clinic at Blue Cocoon Boutique at 9361 Montgomery Road on Saturday, March 7.

The clinic begins at noon and will feature individual car seat checks throughout the day by a technician from Baby Bodyguards. Space is limited, and registration is required. Schedule an appointment by visiting bluecocoonbaby.com and choosing “Class Registration” or calling Blue Cocoon at 513.791.1089.

The clinic is sponsored by Blue Cocoon and Baby Bodyguards of SW Ohio. For more information, visit bluecocoonbaby.com or babybodyguards.com.

Keeping Kids Safe at a Wedding

My dear friends Xochitl Gonzalez and Mayra Castillo, are the founders of Always a Bridesmaid, the greatest wedding planning company in the North East, actually make that the country. They have appeared in just about every wedding publication out there, Lots of TV shows such as, The Style Network’s Whose Wedding is it Anyway, and were recently in the New York Times.

The dynamic duo also have an incredible blog, appropriately named Always a Blogsmaid. They recently received a question about keeping children safe at a wedding and turned to Baby Bodyguards for some guidance.

Here is the post from Always a Blogsmaid:

The Q: My family has a lot of people with relatively young children- under 8 years old for the most part.  My father is a horrible nervous nelly and is in a panic about the kids running around and someone getting hurt or falling or whatever. Any ideas for things that we can do to calm him down?

The A: While it’s fun to have children at weddings because they are so very cute, it’s actually a good thing to remember that even though it’s your wedding day, they still need the same levels of attention and have the same desire to play and run around as on any other given day. So, to that point, your dad is right in that it’s good to plan ahead!

I actually thought I’d contact someone who knows a little bit more about kids than I do (seeing as how I have none) and until I got this email, my greatest worry was that they would be bored or that little guests would stick their fingers in the cake. So, I contacted my dear friends Fred and Courtney, the owners of New York based Baby Body Guards, a child proofing/ safety consulting company.

Courtney informed me of something surprising- “Statistically, more young children suffer accidental injury when there are a lot of adults around. This is because everyone assumes that someone else is keeping a watchful eye on the children, when in reality everyone is distracted and no one is. We recommend that adults take turns watching the children, or bring along a babysitter to be in charge of the children if it is okay with the hosts.”

Actually, this is something that we have done at some of our clients weddings- our instincts were to keep the children occupied, but I never really had thought about this safety aspect before… which makes a lot of sense since the adults are mixing and mingling with one another and not necessarily 100% focused.  One service that I suggest is the The Wedding Sitters .  They will come and stage even a little tea party for the little guests and keep them under a watchful eye.

Courtney also recommended to keep kid friendly food close to the kids table to stop them from wandering around and snacking off of adult plates.  “Another thing to keep in mind is food allergies. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends holding off on highly allergic foods such as peanuts until a child is 3. If there are going to be a lot of children at a wedding, hosts may want to discuss the menu with caterers to avoid some ingredients.”   From our part, it’s a good thing to have a kids table that also has some snacks set on it for the kids to pick on during the reception.  Or better yet, a kids pack that has a kid-friendly snack as a part of it as well as some activity games.

If you know that you are going to have children, it’s probably a good call to have a kid friendly First Aid kit on hand in case of any cuts or bruises AND even better, a local pediatrician in case you need a doctor on call for your out of town guests who are far from home.  I know that here in New York there are a few doctors who still make “house” calls!

DANGER Electricity and Water = Tragedy

The other day I received an email from a concerned grandmother of ten, and the maker of Tend-A-Tot (check it out, totally cool product), Elizabeth Vouvakis. She wrote Baby Bodyguards, because she was alarmed by the number of homes she visits where electrical appliances are left plugged in near sinks and tubs. She is even more concerned than your average mom/grandma because she personally knows two families, who had young children pull hair dryers into the bathtub and were killed.

It is really important to unplug electrical appliances when not in use and to have outlets covered . It is even more important to install ground-fault circuit interupters on outlets near sinks and bathtubs aka GFCI outlets. With a GFCI outlet, the circuit will trip if water comes in contact with electricity. Please also remember to test your GFCI outlet monthly. On most GFCIs is a statement to “Test Monthly”. That means pushing the test button, seeing that the reset has popped out, seeing that nothing will run using the outlet at that point, and then pushing the reset.

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!

Getting a New Dog Without Compromising Your Child's Safety

It’s been about a month now since we adopted our new puppy. The process of finding the right dog for our family was one we did not take lightly. It took 3 trips to North Shore Animal League, and lots of research until we sealed the deal.

The last thing I wanted was a puppy that had to be trained, and was going to chew on our furniture and pee on our rugs, but that is exactly what we came home with. The last few weeks have been exhausting. There were so… many beautiful older dogs at North Shore, but on every cage they have a little info about the dog, and I couldn’t find a dog, where the information card stated that the dog would be good with children of ALL ages.

A dog’s temperment can have a lot to do with the way it was treated as a puppy. We didn’t want to chance getting an older dog and not knowing where the dog came from, how it was treated, etc. We figured training a puppy, as well as our 2.5 year old together would be the safest bet.

I want to recommend a great article I found on GrowingUpWithPets.com . This aricle gave us so much insight on choosing the right dog for us, as well as how to help teach our toddler the proper way to interact with our new family member.

Child-pet respect is a two-way street, and it certainly isn’t taught overnight. With a little time and effort, I am sure all our hard work is going to pay off. I hope….

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.