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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, September 12th, 2011

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New York Remembers 9/11: America’s Children Mourn at Ground Zero
Thousands made the early-morning pilgrimage to Ground Zero as, 10 years to the day since the 9/11 attacks, New York remembered the 2,977 victims. Children left without mothers and fathers on 9/11 provided heart-wrenching moments at the memorial service.

SpongeBob May Cause Attention and Learning Problems
The cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants is in hot water from a study suggesting that watching just nine minutes of that program can cause short-term attention and learning problems in 4-year-olds.

New Federal Rules Target Crib Safety, Durability
A night in a crib shouldn’t be a dangerous thing for a baby, but thousands of injuries occur each year.

Preston County Father Reunites With 2 Children Through Facebook
After searching records in Ohio for more than 25 years to find his children that were put up for adoption 32 years ago, John Johnson can thank the social media outlet for reuniting with his son and daughter.

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Drop-Side Cribs Continue to Pose Serious Dangers

Friday, February 4th, 2011

The warnings continue for drop-side cribs. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is advising parents  to stop using all “SafetyCraft” brand full-size and portable drop-side cribs manufactured or distributed by Generation 2 Worldwide. This comes after the “SafetyCraft” models were found to have identical hardware to another model owned by Generation 2 Worldwide—ChildESIGNS brand drop-side cribs, recalled in February 2010.

According to the CPSC, “this hardware can fail and place infants and toddlers at risk of strangulation and suffocation.” Parents who have purchased one of these cribs are urged to discontinue use immediately. 

Currently, there have been three reported deaths and 20 drop-side related incidents involving previously recalled models of Generation 2 Worldwide and ChildESIGNS cribs. Unfortunately, these reports account for only a small portion of the drop-side drama. According to Consumer Ally, “malfunctioning hardware in drop-side cribs has been blamed in the deaths of at least 50 infants and toddlers over the past decade, and in recent years around 10 million cribs have been recalled.”

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently announced the enforcement of new safety regulations regarding the making of all cribs, including finally banning all drop-side cribs. These new standards are set to take effect by May of 2011.

As always, be sure to keep up with the very latest on recalls with our helpful Recall Finder.

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Nearly All Crib Models Unsafe Under New Gov’t Standards

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted today in favor of banning the use and manufacturing of drop-side cribs, while also announcing the enforcement of new safety regulations regarding the making of all cribs—which has the effect of deeming just about every existing make and model unsafe, reports Consumer Ally on WalletPop.com.

According to Mitch Lipka at Consumer Ally, “Manufacturers and retailers have six months to comply with the rules after they are published, which could at least temporarily drive up costs for cribs.”

Malfunctioning hardware in drop-side cribs has been blamed in the deaths of at least 50 infants and toddlers over the past decade, and in recent years around 10 million cribs have been recalled, Lipka reports. As you might imagine, the new regulations established today were in the works a long time and will hopefully put young children on a much safer track when it comes to sleep. (And as always, heeding experts’ advice on how to put your baby down to sleep can go a long way to preventing SIDS deaths.)

Keep up with the very latest on recalls with our helpful Recall Finder and for more details on this story and helpful sleep safety tips, see Mitch Lipka’s full Consumer Ally report.

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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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