Child Health & Safety News Roundup: 03-11-2013 to 03-17-2013

Last updated on March 2nd, 2018 at 04:29 pm

twitter thumbWelcome to Pediatric Safety’s weekly “Child Health & Safety News Roundup”- a recap of the past week’s child health and safety news headlines from around the world.

Each day we use Twitter to communicate relevant and timely health and safety information to the parents, medical professionals and other caregivers who follow us. Occasionally we may miss something, but we think overall we’re doing a pretty good job of keeping you informed. But for our friends and colleagues who are not on Twitter (or who are but may have missed something), we offer you a recap of the past week’s top 15 events & stories.

PedSafe Headline of the Week:

Facebook Graph Search: What It Means to Your Privacy http://t.co/FgpfcGFzb2
(note: Graph Search is still in Beta – great opt to get a head start)

Ready for Spring? Give Your Bathroom a Healthy Makeover!

Last updated on March 3rd, 2018 at 10:28 am

check for outdated prescriptionsGermy toilets. Grimy showers. Cluttered cabinets. It’s easy to see why the bathroom may be one of the unhealthiest rooms in your house.

Take control of your bathroom this year by giving it a healthy makeover for spring. Some simple reorganizing, cleaning and change of habits will have your bathroom clean and sparkly in no time. Here are eight easy makeover tips from Donna Duberg, assistant professor of clinical laboratory science for St. Louis University:

Bathroom Makeover Step No. 1: Clear the clutter.

Leaving cosmetics on the counter exposes them to bacteria, which is then applied to your eyes, face and mouth. “Keep them in something covered if you do,” says Duberg. In addition, lotion bottles, toothpaste and hairbrushes give dust and other germs an additional place to settle. Too much clutter also discourages routine cleaning. Instead, stash these products in drawers and closets.

Bathroom Makeover Step No. 2: Bring toothbrushes out on the counter.

Sealing them up in a closed environment, like your medicine cabinet, encourages bacterial growth, says Duberg. If you must keep them there, try drying the toothbrush with a clean towel first. If you keep your toothbrush on the counter or sink, keep it as far from the toilet as possible to avoid any germ spray if someone forgets to close the lid before flushing. Also, whenever someone in the house has diarrhea or a respiratory illness, replace toothbrushes as soon as the illness ends.

Bathroom Makeover Step No. 3: Purge your medicine cabinet.

Get rid of medications that have expired or that you no longer need. Read labels carefully for instructions on disposal. Call the local trash and recycling service and ask about drug take-back programs. If there are no instructions or programs, mash up the drugs and mix them into coffee grounds or kitty litter. Seal them in a plastic bag or coffee can before throwing them in the trash.

Bathroom Makeover Step No. 4: Post a reminder over the toilet.

The reminder should say something like, “Always close the lid when you flush.” This is important because toilets contain more than 3 million bacteria per square inch, says Duberg. Flushing creates an aerosol that allows the germs to land on toothbrushes, counters and magazines — and anything else that’s close by.

Bathroom Makeover Step No. 5: Check the vent.

Dust, mold and bacteria can collect in vents too. When you turn on the vent, it distributes these unhealthy organisms. Give your vents a thorough cleaning or vacuuming once a month.

Bathroom Makeover Step No. 6: Wipe down the shower and tub.

And be sure to do it after each use too. Viruses and bacteria from your skin collect on these surfaces. The moist setting also provides a breeding ground for mold. Spritz surfaces every few days with a mixture made up of one part vinegar and nine parts water. Vinegar doesn’t require rinsing and is safe for children and pets. If you prefer a 10 percent bleach solution, keep in mind that it has to be rinsed off and prepared freshly every day in order to kill mold.

Bathroom Makeover Step No. 7: Wash the floors.

Wipe down the floors with the vinegar and water mix you use on the shower surfaces. Use washable rugs that are easily tossed in the washer and dryer. And don’t wear outdoor shoes in the bathroom — or anywhere else in the house.



Child Health & Safety News Roundup: 03-04-2013 to 03-10-2013

Last updated on March 2nd, 2018 at 04:30 pm

twitter thumbWelcome to Pediatric Safety’s weekly “Child Health & Safety News Roundup”- a recap of the past week’s child health and safety news headlines from around the world.

Each day we use Twitter to communicate relevant and timely health and safety information to the parents, medical professionals and other caregivers who follow us. Occasionally we may miss something, but we think overall we’re doing a pretty good job of keeping you informed. But for our friends and colleagues who are not on Twitter (or who are but may have missed something), we offer you a recap of the past week’s top 15 events & stories.

PedSafe Headline of the Week:

Can food allergies be prevented? | Confessions of a Dr. Mom http://t.co/XAaLuy2qhI

A Little Change & Prep Now, A Year of Safety for Your Family

Last updated on September 12th, 2015 at 11:03 pm

Time for a changeGreetings to all and I hope everyone is having a great 2013 thus far. It’s hard to believe we are already in March, and with the month of March comes the beginning of spring and a time for change and preparation. As the saying around the firehouse goes, when the clocks change, its time to change the batteries in all of your detectors in your home, whether they be smoke or gas detectors. A properly functioning detector is key in the safety of you and your family in early trouble detection from smoke, flames and harmful gases in your home day and night. So please do not put this off, it only takes a few minutes and can make all the difference in the world and while you are at it, maybe you can make a fun family fire drill out of testing your new batteries in your detectors.

The preparation part of what I would like to talk about is the fact the spring is here and that means that summer is rapidly approaching. With summer comes the kids being home, at camp and almost assuredly being around water a lot more than the rest of the year. I cannot stress enough the importance of water safety and preparedness. Enrolling children in swimming lessons or teaching them yourself now is a great way to give them added protection for the summer months ahead. It is an all too common occurrence in the summer that children have near drowning or complete drowning events in pools or lakes and in many of these cases the child was not taught how to swim. Please contact a local instructor or organization in your area and arm your child with the ability to swim and in the mean time get some good fun quality time together.

Thank you and I wish you health and happiness.

Is Your Baby Sleeping Safely?

Last updated on March 9th, 2018 at 10:20 am

On her back - no bumpersWhen it comes to taking care of your newborn, most things are instinctual. Feed, burp, change diapers and, of course, put the baby down for naps. Lots of them. But what may seem like a no-brainer — your baby sleeping in her crib — actually requires some forethought and safety education.

“There’s a short list of things all new parents should know,” says Michael Goodstein, M.D., F.A.A.P., attending neonatologist at York Hospital in York, Penn., and member of the American Academy of Pediatrics SIDS task force. At the top of that list: “Babies should be put on their backs to sleep to help reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.” SIDS is the leading cause of death in children younger than the age of 1; it’s most common in infants between 2 and 4 months of age.

Goodstein also recommends the following baby sleeping practices, endorsed by the AAP:

  • Place baby to sleep on her back on a firm, solid surface such as a crib mattress or play yard mat with a well-fitting sheet.
  • Avoid the use of pillows, loose bedding (blankets and sheets), crib bumpers, sleep positioners and stuffed animals for the first year of life.
  • Place the baby’s crib or bassinet in your bedroom within arm’s reach of your bed. Co-sleeping with your baby in your bed is not recommended. “Babies can be brought into bed for cuddling and feeding, but not sleep time,” says Goodstein.
  • Baby should always sleep in a smoke-free environment.
  • Do not place blankets or sheets over baby’s head, and do not over-bundle her with bedding or clothing. Overheating can be dangerous; signs include flushed cheeks, sweating, damp hair and rapid breathing. Make sure the room temperature is comfortable for a lightly dressed adult.
  • Give your baby tummy time while she’s awake.

When it’s time to register for your baby shower or when you’re out shopping for the nursery, remember to choose goods that help facilitate safe sleep practices. A few of my favorite baby sleeping products:

  1. Skip Hop Complete Sheet Bumper-Free Bedding comes in adorable patterns and gives you the style of a crib bumper without having to use one. Brilliant. (Bonus: A wearable blanket is included in the set!) $120/4-piece set
  2. Halo 100 Percent Organic Cotton SleepSack Swaddle makes swaddling simple and gives you the option of keeping arms in or out. $35 each
  3. Arm’s Reach Co-Sleepers are bassinets with a unique feature: an open side and fastening system that lets you secure it to the side of your bed. Many styles are available; the Mini is perfect for travel. $139 and up 
  4. Naturepedic No-Compromise Organic Cotton Lightweight Baby Crib & Toddler Mattress features hypoallergenic fabric and a waterproof surface. But best of all, it eliminates concerns over toxic fire-retardant chemicals by providing naturally derived fire resistance made from cellulose, baking soda and hydrated silica. $259



Child Health & Safety News Roundup: 02-25-2013 to 03-03-2013

Last updated on March 2nd, 2018 at 04:30 pm

twitter thumbWelcome to Pediatric Safety’s weekly “Child Health & Safety News Roundup”- a recap of the past week’s child health and safety news headlines from around the world.

Each day we use Twitter to communicate relevant and timely health and safety information to the parents, medical professionals and other caregivers who follow us. Occasionally we may miss something, but we think overall we’re doing a pretty good job of keeping you informed. But for our friends and colleagues who are not on Twitter (or who are but may have missed something), we offer you a recap of the past week’s top 15 events & stories.

PedSafe Headline of the Week:

Chuck E. Cheese adds Gluten-Free Menu Choices: Now kids on special diets can play too… http://t.co/6PB6VLWV32