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Issue 13, Aug. 12, 2000
Everyday Safety

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Safety: Babies Loose Teeth Due to Faulty Design
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NEWS
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Babies Loose Teeth Due to Faulty Design of Walker -- Recalls This Week

On Aug. 8, Safety 1st Inc voluntarily recalled Mobile "4 Wheelin" Walkers for repairs. There have been eight reports of babies catching their teeth in the steering wheels on these walkers; six babies have lost lower front teeth. There have also been 44 reports of the telephone button loosening, and one baby girl gagged on the phone button.

The Mobile "4 Wheelin" Walkers are shaped like cars and have a three-spoke steering wheel, a horn, clicking keys, two rear view mirrors, and a phone that rings. The model numbers being recalled are 45701, 45701A or 45701B; you'll find them written underneath the walker tray. If you have one of these models, stop using it immediate and contact Safety 1st to get a free replacement steering wheel and telephone. You may call them at (800) 964-8489 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or write to Consumer Relations Dept., Safety 1st Inc., 45 Dan Road, Canton, MA 02021.

Other recent recalls:

Also on Aug. 8, KMart recalled their children's "Splash Club" swim masks. These masks are made of purple, aqua, or lime-green plastic, and have a clear glass lens. The glass can break into sharp pieces; there has been one report of this happening, no injuries have been reported.

If your child has one of these swim masks, take it away and return it to the nearest Kmart or Super Kmart for a refund. For more information, call (800) 63KMART anytime.

And on Aug. 10, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled the Tangled Treeples toys that were included with KFC Kids Meals. This toy is a green plastic container about three inches in diameter; it contains seven blue plastic animal figures that the child can link to form a chain. The bottom of the green container can fit over a small child's nose and mouth and is a suffocation hazard to children younger than three.

If you have this toy at your house, take the container away from any of your children who are younger than three. Throw it away, or return it to any KFC restaurant for an individual-sized item. You may visit their web site at http://www.kfc.com/SAFETY.htm.

Also, for more information and pictures of the products, visit the CPSC links given above.

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Breastmilk Increases Brainstem Maturation Rate in Preemies

According to a study published in Pediatrics Vol. 106 No. 2 August 2000, premature babies fed breast milk have faster brainstem maturation than babies fed formula. The study was done on 37 infants of 28 to 32 weeks gestation; 17 were fed breast milk, 20 were fed commercial premature formula.

The investigators suggest that the effect may be due to the composition of breast milk, compared to that of the synthetic formulas.

You may read the abstact of this study at http://www.pediatrics.org/cgi/content/abstract/106/2/318.
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TIPS AND TIDBITS
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Tips on Buying Safe Furniture for Your Baby

*Make sure the item is sturdily built and stable (has a wide base) and that there is nothing sticking out that could scratch your baby or catch on her clothes.

*Make sure the item has restraining straps or other restraints where appropriate (such as for back carriers, carrier seats, strollers, and changing tables) and use your common sense to determine if the restraint system is actually a good one.

*Make sure any openings (in mesh, between slats) are too small for your baby to get her head or body stuck in them.

* Be extra careful when you buy second-hand furniture and accessories for your baby. Check for wear and tear, splinters, chips and other damaged areas that could hurt your baby. Also be aware that older furniture may be designed in ways that are now known to be unsafe (For example, decorative cutouts on the head or foot boards of cribs.)

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Tips on Choking Prevention

Be careful what you feed your young child. Her swallowing mechanism is not fully developed and some foods, because of their size or consistency, can be extremely dangerous. One risk is choking, which blocks the airways and prevents oxygen from getting to your child's lungs and brain. If your child's brain is without oxygen for more than four minutes, she could be brain damaged or die. Another risk is aspiration. which is choking that results from food being lodged in the lungs. This can cause pneumonia or death.

Do not give your child under four any round, firm food, such as hot dogs or grapes unless it has been completely chopped. Be sure to cut his food into small pieces and teach him to chew his food thoroughly. Don't allow him to run, walk or play while eating.

These foods should not be given to children under four:
-nuts of any kind (nuts should not be given to children until they are seven)
-raw carrots or apples
-marshmallows
-popcorn
-sticky or hard candy
-chunks of meat
-cheese or peanut butter
-gum balls

And food is not the only thing your child can choke on. Also be on guard for dangerous household items such as balloons, coins, marbles, pen caps, small toy parts, and other small items that can fit, or be compressed to fit, inside your child's mouth. Teach your older children not to give the younger ones dangerous toys and other objects, and be sure to follow the age recommendations on toy packages.

And finally, you may want to take a CPR class so you know what to do if your child does choke.

Info from
1.A press release by the Pediatricians at Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital
2. Choking Prevention and First Aid for Infants and Children
(This site also has CPR info with pictures of how to do it. I recommend going here and printing out the page.)

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RESOURCES
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Baby and Child Product Safety Sites

JPMA Safety House
http://www.jpma.org/public/safety-house.html

This site by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association gives baby product safety tips for every room of your house. You'll learn how to safety choose and use crib toys, changing tables, high chairs, car seats, walkers, infant seats and more. Each section also also has a list of companies that have been certified by JMPA

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Consumer Product Safety Commission Childrens' Furniture Publications.
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/chld_frn.html

You'll find links to several CPSC articles about children's furniture. Topics include Crib Safety Tips, Hotel and Motel Crib and Play Yard Checklist, Infants Can Suffocate In Mesh Drop-Sided Playpens, Stair Steps and Baby Walkers, and many others.

Another useful page on the CPSC site is their search page:
http://www.cpsc.gov/search/cpscQueryhit.htm
If you're thinking about buying a particular item of baby furniture, go here and put in the company's name. If they have had a lot of items recalled, I'd be a bit cautious about buying something from them, or at least look it over very carefully first.

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Baby Product Safety from AMA Health Insight
http://www.ama-assn.org/insight/h_focus/nemours/safety/product.htm

More info on buying safe products for you baby, including backpacks, soft carriers, changing tables, crib, gates and more. There are also some nice baby pictures to look, mixed in with the text.

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Kids Domain
http://www.kidsdomain.com/

This is a wonderful site full of free, demo, and shareware software for children!

It's divided into Mac and PC areas, each area has a page for different age groups, and each age group section is divided into types of programs.

This is one of my favorite sites; over the past 2-3 years I have downloaded many many programs for granddaughter Olivia (some of which I enjoy myself!). They also have crafts, brain busters, reviews, and a section for parents, but I have to admit I haven't been to those parts yet.

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Read the Archives
May 7, 2000: Sample
No. 1, May 20 ,2000: Lead Poisoning
No. 2, May 27, 2000: Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome
No.3, June 3, 2000
No. 4, June 10, 2000: Fire Safety
No. 5, June 17, 2000: Playground Safety
No. 6, June 24, 2000: Toy Safety
No. 7, July 1, 2000: Car Seat Safety
No. 8, July 8, 2000: Dangerous Substances in the Environment
No. 9, July 15, 2000: Summer Health and Safety
No. 10, July 22, 2000: Breastfeeding and Attachment Parenting
No. 11, July 29, 2000: Fun and Games
No. 12, Aug 5, 2000: Arts, Crafts, and Paper Fun
No. 13, Aug, 12 2000: Everyday Safety
The Rest of the Issues