Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
Graco has issued a recall for over 1.9 million harness buckles on certain infant and toddler car seats manufactured between July 2010 and May 2013, after consumers complained they were tough to open. Among the various models affected are Snug Ride, Snug Ride 30, Snug Ride 35, Argos 70, My Ride 65 and My Ride 70. (Check out the full list of infant and toddler car seats affected.)
To find out if your buckle is being recalled, visit GracoBuckleRecall.com and enter the model and date of manufacture. You can find that info on the white label on the bottom or back of the car seat. If your car seat is on the list — or you just want to upgrade your buckle to the updated, easier-to-open design — fill out the online order form and Graco will send you a free replacement kit. According to the company, your current car seat is perfectly safe to use while you’re waiting for the replacement buckle to come in. In fact, to help make it easier to operate in the interim, Graco recommends giving the buckle a thorough cleaning.
For more information, visit GracoBuckleRecall.com or contact customer service by calling 877-766-7470 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Monday, June 30th, 2014
If your baby is crying because of sore gums from the beginning stages of teething, avoid giving local anesthetics to alleviate his pain!
The US Food and Drug Administration released a consumer update warning against drugs or products containing viscous lidocaine, a gel-like syrup that’s usually prescribed by doctors to patients with mouth or throat ulcers or patients undergoing chemo.
Parents who have given an unsupervised amount of viscous lidocaine have accidentally overdosed their babies, causing serious symptoms that include vomiting, shaking, seizures, increased risk of choking, and difficulty breathing. The FDA received 22 reports (some involving deaths) in 2014 related to viscous lidocaine, with parents reporting they soaked pacifiers and cloths in the gel or put it into baby formulas.
Two years ago, the FDA warned against gum-numbing medications containing benzocaine, an ingredient usually contained in over-the-counter products such as Orajel, Baby Orajel, Orabase, Anbesol, and Hurricane. Prolonged use of benzocaine can lead to methemoglobinemia, a potentially fatal condition where the blood stream carries a reduced amount of oxygen. Symptoms include pale or blue-gray skin, lips, and fingernail beds, plus headaches, lightheadedness, difficulty breathing, and increased heart rate.
Instead of giving your baby prescription or over-the-counter medications, provide a chilled (not super cold) teething ring or wash cloth to numb pain and decrease inflammation. Or use your finger (make sure it’s clean!) to gently rub and massage your baby’s gums. Try these other mom-tested teething tips to distract your baby and ease the tears.
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Image: Asian baby girl teething ring via Shutterstock
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