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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

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Children Can Usually Recover From Emotional Trauma
Witnessing lethal violence ruptures a child’s sense of security leaving behind an array of emotional and social challenges that are not easily resolved. But the good news is that most of these children will probably heal. (via New York Times)

Groups: Autism Not To Blame For Violence
Before the motive of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy was fully known, reports began to surface that the shooter, Adam Lanza,  was autistic or had Asperger’s syndrome in addition to a possible personality or anxiety disorder. However, national autism organizations cautioned against speculation about a link between violence and autism or Asperger’s. (via CNN)

The Most Health Conscious Cities in America
Tracking the 2.5 million appointments made through the online doctor appointment booking service ZocDoc each month, the service ranked cities (and some regions) based on the percentage of total appointments booked by health-minded residents in each city. (via Time)

Expandable Toy Recalled Due To Ingestion Risk, Group Says
A toy that absorbs water and can expand to 400 times its original size has been voluntarily recalled after a report that a baby ingested one and needed surgery to remove it, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Monday. (via CNN)

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Increasing Safety Concerns Over the Bumbo

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Warnings and news stories continue to come out against the Bumbo seat, and Parents News Now blogger Holly Lebowitz Rossi recently wrote about a lawsuit against the company involving a 9-month-old who fractured his skull after falling out of the chair. In October 2007, Bumbo issued a voluntary recall of the chairs and though they remain on the market today, they carry a warning label advising parents not to use the product on elevated surfaces. More recently, in November 2011, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a release urging parents to use caution when using the Bumbo because serious head injuries continue to be documented despite the recall and warning label. These accidents have occurred when the seats were placed on chairs, countertops, tabletops, or other high surfaces, but also when used on the floor (cases have been reported of babies falling and hitting their heads on a hardwood floor or plastic toy). Children can fall out of the seats by arching their backs, leaning forward or sideways, or rocking.

 

Since the Bumbo is still sold in stores, we encourage you to take the following precautions if you have one in your house:

  1. Don’t use the Bumbo or similar seats on a tabletop, chair, countertop, or other elevated surface or on a hardwood floor.
  2. Keep your eyes on your baby at all times while he’s in the seat.
  3. Take your baby out of the seat as soon as he starts arching his back, leaning, or rocking in it.

 

What do you think? Should Bumbo be obligated to tweak its product so it’s safe, even when there’s no parental supervision? Or is it enough to put a warning label on the product and say it must be used with parental supervision? Do you own a Bumbo? Why or why not? Were you previously aware of these warnings, and have you ever left the room while your baby was in the seat?

 

Image from Bumbo.com

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CPSC Launches New Product Safety Database

Friday, March 11th, 2011

U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION LOGOFor any parent who’s experienced a faulty product and hasn’t been sure quite who to alert– the answer has arrived! Today marks the launch of SaferProducts.gov, a new  database that allows individuals to directly report any unsafe products to the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, reports the CPSC in this press release.

Despite a pushback from maufacturers, the new, easy-to-use site was recently mandated by Congress as part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act and gives public access to the kind of information that, in great part, was not readily available. Consumers are urged to report any incidents or potential risks they experience with a  product and can also search for complaints about everyday products they own or may be considering buying. The hope is to help consumers make well-informed choices in the most immediate manner to date.

“I believe that an informed consumer is an empowered consumer,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “The ability for parents and consumers to search this database for incidents involving a product they already own or are thinking of purchasing will enable them to make independent decisions aimed at keeping their family safe.”

Although the database is now live and users are able to file reports and view product recalls, the ability to search for complaints from other consumers will not be available until early April. Reason for this being that manufacturers are given 10 days to respond to a complaint before the report is posted.

Will you use this new database to report unsafe products and/or search for reports from others? Let us know!

Be sure to keep up with the very latest on recalls with our helpful Recall Finder on Parents.com.

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Daily News Roundup

Monday, October 25th, 2010

British kids log on and learn math- in Punjab:
Three state schools in London outsource part of their teaching to India via the Internet through new online-based company BrightSpark.  Students can now have a one on one tutoring experience at half the price that a British tutor would charge. [New York Times]

Kids’ docs urged to screen new moms for depression: The Pediatrics Academy says that over 400,000 babies are born to depressed mothers each year, and that their conditions can affect their babies as well. Research shows developmental and social delays occur often in babies with depressed moms. [MSNBC]

Raisinets recalled over peanut risk: Nestle has recalled has recalled 10 oz. “fun size” bags sold to Target, Shoprite, and Don Quixote stores because they may contain peanuts. Nestle says the recall only applies to candy with the 02015748 production code and UPC number of 2800010255. [MSNBC]

40,000 drop-side cribs recalled for safety risk: The recalled Ethan Allen, Angel Line, and Victory Land Heritage Collection 3-in-1 cribs have drop-sides that can detach due to faulty hardware or wear and tear, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. This can create a gap where young children can be trapped or suffocated. In the past five years more than 9 million drop-side cribs have been recalled and caused at least 32 infant deaths since 2000. [CBS News]

First four months critical to new babies sleep habits: A new study in the journal Pediatrics finds that most babies will sleep five to eight hours per night by their fourth month of life. Many babies will sleep while the rest of the family is sleeping–50 percent of babies at age five months. [Paging Dr. Gupta/CNN]

Celery recall plant awaits results from FDA: The FDA linked four deaths to contaminated celery from a Texas plant. The state health department traced six of 10 known cases of listeriosis during an eight-month period to celery processed at the SanGar plant. On Wednesday the agency shut down the plant and ordered the company to recall all the produce that has passed through the plant since January. [MSNBC]

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