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Formula Recall

Posted by Alina on Thursday Sep 23, 2010 Under Baby Products, baby safety, health

Screen shot 2010-09-23 at 11.29.40 AMAbbott Laboratories is recalling Similac powedered infant formula due to possible contamination with insect parts. Liquid formula is unaffected. The company said, insects were discovered in one part of a manufacturing plant in Michigan and the area was shut down for investigation. Although the affected formula does not pose an immediate health risk, it may cause stomach ache and indigestion, according to the FDA.

To check if your batch is affected and for a refund, go to http://similac.com/recall/lookup.aspx, or call the company’s hotline at (800) 986-8850.

Here is the press release from the FDA.

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Product recall

Posted by Alina on Thursday Feb 11, 2010 Under Baby Products, baby safety

wind chimeTiny Love has recalled it’s wind chime toys because if the toy is pulled apart, metal rods would be exposed, posing puncture and laceration hazards to the baby. The recall involves wind chime toys sold separately, with the Gymini Kick and Play Activity Gym and Tiny Smarts Gift Sets.

For more information from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission,  click here.

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Unfortunately, a friend of mine told me this week that her toddler daughter sustained a tibial fracture. She said that she came down a slide with her daughter on her lap, which, most parents I know, myself included, have done multiple times. While they were coming down, her daughter’s foot got stuck on the side of the slide and she let out a loud shriek. Since then, her daughter has not been able to bear weight on her leg. My friend took her daughter to a hospital where she was diagnosed with a non-displaced tibial fracture.

Apparently this is not such a rare occurrence and an article on just this topic was published less than a month ago in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics, titled “Tibia Fractures in Children Sustained on a Playground Slide.” The article is a retrospective study by Dr. John T. Gaffney, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon in Mineola, NY, who looked at 58 patients with tibial fractures and focused on the 8 cases which all happened while playing on a slide. The age of those 8 children ranged from 14-32 months and in ALL of the cases the child suffered a fracture while going down the slide on an adult’s lap. It appears that the injury happens when a child’s foot gets stuck on the side of the slide and because the parent’s speed and momentum makes it difficult to stop, this results in a tibial fracture for the child. The study recommends that if a child cannot safely go down a slide on their own, they should be redirected to a different activity to maximize the child’s safety.

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Baby fresh food feeder

Posted by Alina on Tuesday Nov 11, 2008 Under Baby Products, baby safety, feeding

When your infant gets to a certain age, you may be tempted to let them suck on an apple that you are eating or some other food that you may want to expose them to. There is a product on the market to prevent them from accidentally choking on a piece which may brake off. Different companies make a version of essentially the same thing. I like the Sassy Teething Feeder because it comes with a cap and replacement mesh pockets are available. You can place a piece of fruit inside the mesh pocket, which closes tight, and has a handle. The baby can chew or suck on the food in a safe manner and get accustomed to the taste.

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My son who is now six and a half months old, has begun pulling himself up in the crib. Three days ago he was getting to his knees, so we moved the crib mattress down a notch so that he would not tip over and fall out (our crib has 3 possible mattress positions). Today he started coming up on his feet, and we had to lower the mattress yet again. It’s now at the lowest possible setting. Although the crib has a drop side, the mattress is now too low to allow me (5’5″) to reach in and pick a baby who is lying down without injuring myself. When I come to the crib, my son is usually on all fours, waiting to get out, I first drop the side down, help him up to a kneeling position, then up on his feet (while he is supporting his own weight) and then I lift him up. This reduces the strain on my back, especially since I have to perform this motion several times a day. If the baby is too young for kneeling or standing, then sitting them up before lifting would also reduce strain. It is also important to keep your knees bent, tighten the abdominal muscles, avoid rounding your back over the crib side, and lift the baby up close to your chest/ shoulder.

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Traveling with a baby

Posted by Alina on Wednesday Oct 1, 2008 Under baby safety, useful tips

By plane:
It is not necessary to buy a plane ticket for a child until they are two years old, however, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recommends that parents of children younger than two years buy a ticket and use a car seat on the plane. Some airlines offer discounts for children younger than two, so make sure to notify them if you are buying such a ticket. If you don’t buy a ticket, you have to hold them on your lap or you may be able to get a bassinet, but you must ask for it well in advance. One piece of advice given to me was to purchase the aisle and window seats, because a single middle seat is the least attractive option for someone flying alone. Bring the baby in the car seat all the way to the gate, and when getting on the plane ask if there are any unfilled seats on the plane. If there is an empty seat, the flight attendant may be able to help you arrange to have a seat for your baby’s car seat. If all seats are filled, you can check your car seat at the gate.

By bus in NYC:
You must carry your baby and collapse the stroller while on the bus.
My personal experience with the bus was not extremely pleasant. It was heavy to have to drag the diaper bag, the stroller (in collapsed position) and my son in a carrier. Having to sit at the front of the bus with all the stuff, I felt like I was in the way of people getting on and off. Also, as the bus moved and swayed, I found it a bit difficult to hold on to the stroller while holding the baby and the bag so that nothing would fall. I think traveling without the stroller, with the baby in a carrier, would have made for a much better experience.

By car:
In NYC your baby must be in a rear facing car seat until 1 year of age and 20 lbs. After that he/she must still be in a car seat, but may face forward until he/ she is 40 lbs. Until the child is 65 lbs, he/ she must be in either an appropriate car seat or booster seat (facing forward).
**When traveling in a taxi in NYC, the car seat law does not apply, thus the baby does not have to be in one, although for his/her safety, it is wiser to use one.

By Subway:
In NYC, you can bring the stroller on the subway and do not have to collapse it. I would advise against traveling in rush hour with a stroller if possible, due to overcrowding. The greatest challenge is getting in and out of the subway, because many stations do not have elevators, and some that are marked on the subway map as “handicapped accessible” have elevators that will bring you to a platform of the train traveling in only one direction, not both. I have found  people on the subway to be very helpful with carrying a stroller for a mom who has a baby in her arms, you may just have to wait by the staircase for a few minutes.

By train (Amtrak/ LIRR):

Amtrak:

According to Amtrak.com; “Children under 2 years of age traveling free may occupy a vacant seat only if it is not yet needed for a paying passenger. If a child under 2 years of age does occupy a seat without paying a fare, the conductor has the right to request the child be removed for a fare- paying passenger, or the passenger has the option of purchasing a ticket to allow the child to continue to occupy the seat.”

A stroller may be checked in as a “special item” for a fee of $5.00.

My husband, 5 month old son and I recently traveled by Amtrak from NYC to Montreal, Canada. We brought the stroller onto the train with us both ways (did not check it) and occupied the handicapped area seats. These seats have extra space in front so the stroller can stand opened, directly in front of you and there will still be decent leg room. It was great to have the stroller with us during this ELEVEN HOUR TRIP, to be able to put our son down so he could play or nap. One thing to keep in mind is that there are “red caps” (guys wearing red caps), who work for Amtrak, and for a tip, can help you bring your stuff and escort you onto the train before everyone else, so that you can get those special seats. You should see the red caps if you look around where tickets are sold or near check in posts.

LIRR:

According to http://www.mta.info/lirr/pubs/TicketInfo.htm:
“Children under 5 years old ride free at all times. Children ages 5-11 travel at half the adult fares. These tickets are sold as an option under “One Way” or “Round Trip” ticket buttons on Ticket Machines.”

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Baby and sunscreen

Posted by Alina on Thursday Aug 21, 2008 Under baby safety

I was wondering if it was all right to bring my four month old son into a private outdoor pool. I was concerned with chlorine, because he sucks his hands all the time, and I didn’t know if it would be bad to get his hands wet and then put them in his mouth. When I asked his pediatrician, his main concern was exposure to the sun. He said that as long as he wore a swimming shirt, a wide brimmed hat, and the water was not too cold, it was totally fine to bring him into the water.


Here is the recommendation regarding sunscreen from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • For babies younger than 6 months. Use sunscreen on small areas of the body, such as the face and the backs of the hands, if protective clothing and shade are not available.
  • For babies older than 6 months. Apply to all areas of the body, but be careful around the eyes. If your baby rubs sunscreen into her eyes, wipe the eyes and hands clean with a damp cloth. If the sunscreen irritates her skin, try a different brand or try a sunscreen stick or sunscreen or sunblock with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. If a rash develops, talk with your child’s doctor.”


Reference

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About Car Seats

Posted by Alina on Tuesday Aug 12, 2008 Under Baby Products, baby safety

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, children have to be in appropriate seats in a car until age 6.

Graco Snugride

Graco Snugride

Child Restraint Law:

  • Rear-facing seat until 1yr or 20 lbs.
  • Forward facing child restraint until 5 yrs or 40 lbs.
  • Booster seat until age 6 yrs.

(Reference, Retrieved August 28, 2008)

I have recently discovered that my baby car seat, the Graco Snugride (the highest rated baby seat by Consumer Reports), which I thought was intended to last through a child’s whole first year, should actually only be used until the child is 22lbs or 29 inches long. My son is four months old, and is already 27 inches long, which means that I have to go shopping for the next car seat quite soon.

Britax Marathon

Britax Marathon

There are “convertible” car seats on the market which can be used from when a baby is 5lbs until he/she is 40-65 lbs, depending on the seat. After doing some research, I learned that Britax brand car seats have great safety ratings according to Consumer Reports. Britax car seats tend to be expensive ($230-$310), but they will last for years (4-6, depending on the seat), can be mounted to be rear-facing or forward-facing, all recline allowing your child can sleep comfortably.

Although at first glance, the convertible seat may seem like a money-saving, practical choice, it should be noted that Consumer Reports recommends starting with an infant seat before moving up to a convertible seat because it’s “more secure and compact for infants.”

Here is what Consumer Reprots recommends in regards to car seats:
“No matter which car seat you choose:

  • Try out the seat you buy. If it doesn’t fit securely in your car, return it for another.
  • To make sure your car seat is positioned correctly in your vehicle, consider getting a free car-seat inspection. For a site near you, go to www.nhtsa.gov.
  • Adjust the seat as your child grows.
  • Position your child in the center-rear seat of your car if the car seat can be securely fastened there.
  • Remember that any car seat is better than no car seat at all.”

(Reference, Retrieved on August 28, 2008.)

I found a great article from Consumer Reports about various types of car seats, installation advice, and  safety recommendations. Read the full article.

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How I learned to give baby Tylenol

Posted by Alina on Saturday Jun 21, 2008 Under baby safety

As a reaction to his first immunization shots, at 2 months of age, our son developed a fever. The pediatrician recommended baby tylenol. My husband picked up some pink, cherry flavored baby tylenol which comes in liquid form with a dropper and when we tried to give it to our son, it ended up all over his shirt. Babies tend to use their tongue (reflexively) to push things that go into their mouths, out. The trick as we learned, is to place the tip of the dropper into the cheek on one side of the baby’s mouth and squeeze a couple of drops. Wait till he swallows, and then do it again.

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