Understanding Growth Charts

22 02 2007

It’s that time to go for your child’s check up. They measure, weigh, and and tell you what percentage they are in. Do you really understand what it all means? Are you confused? Here is some great information about Understanding Growth Charts better….

 

 

What can my toddler’s growth chart tell me?

Your child’s growth chart can give you a general picture of how your toddler is developing physically. By comparing your child’s measurements — weight, length, and head circumference — to national averages for children of the same age and sex, and to measurements from previous checkups, the doctor can determine whether your toddler is following a healthy overall growth pattern.
Don’t get too hung up on your child’s percentiles, though. While the current growth charts (released in November 2000 and based on data from the National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Public Health Service) are a vast improvement over earlier charts, they’re not the last word on how your child is doing. The most important thing is that your toddler is growing at a steady, appropriate rate, not that he’s hit some magic number.

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"Laugh & Learn" Learning Bunny Recalled

17 02 2007

My daughter received this bunny as a Christmas gift and now we are returning it. Here is the recall information on the Laugh & Learn Bunny from Mattel.

 

Fisher-Price Recalls “Laugh and Learn” Bunny Toys Due to Choking Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. (To access color photos of the following recalled products, see CPSC’s Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov.)
Name of Products: “Laugh and Learn” Learning Bunny Toys
Units: About 500,000 (an additional 700,000 were sold worldwide)
Importer: Fisher-Price, of East Aurora, N.Y.
Hazard: The pink pompom nose can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: This recall involves the Laugh and Learn Learning Bunny that measures about 10-inches tall. The yellow bunny with one green and one orange ear has musical and counting sound effects. The words, “Laugh and Learn” are printed on the bunny’s shirt. Product numbers involved in the recall are: K0468, K2960, K2961, K2962, K2963, K2964, K2965, K3440, K6898, K7884, L0327, and K5862. The product numbers are located on the fabric tag sewn to the body of the bunny. Only bunnies with three dimensional pompom noses are included in this recall. Bunnies with flat or embroidered noses are not subject to this recall.
Sold at: Discount department stores and toy stores nationwide May 2006 through December 2006 for about $16.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take these recalled toys away from children and contact Fisher-Price to arrange for the return of the bunny to receive a voucher for a replacement toy of the customer’s choice.
Customer Contact: For additional information, contact Fisher-Price at (866) 447-5003 anytime, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.service.mattel.com.





Properly Installed Car Seat Saves Child’s Life

17 02 2007

See the importance of PROPERLY installed infant car seats? Very sad that the baby will not have her mother, but the mom did an awesome job for protecting her child with properly installing her car seat to protect her baby. I just wish that ALL car seats were properly installed. Go to your local fire department or police department to have them check to se if you have properly installed you car seat if you are unsure.

 

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Authorities continued looking for answers Friday as to why a woman’s car plunged 100 feet off a freeway HOV “flyover” transition road, killing the driver but leaving her 10-month-old son, who was in a car seat, without a scratch.

Natalie Canton, 21, of Chino was pronounced dead at the scene of Thursday’s crash that occurred about 2 p.m. as she lost control of her black Acura Integra while going from the eastbound lanes of the Riverside (91) Freeway to the northbound Orange (57) Freeway, said California Highway Patrol Officer Katrina Lundgren.

The car fell about 100 feet, striking the ground on its rear end, according to reports at the scene.

Authorities said Canton was going about 80 mph when she applied the brakes and lost control.

“The big story here is the car seat,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Denise Quesada. “It played a big role in saving the baby.”

Officials said many parents do not properly install child safety seats. Investigators said the seat in Canton’s vehicle was installed properly — facing the rear of the car.

Investigators said all but a small portion of the vehicle — an area where the child was seated — crumpled during the impact.

Investigators want to leave “no stone unturned” in figuring out how the accident occurred.

“There’s all sorts of things they’ll want to rule out,” Quesada said. “They’ll look into the internal mechanisms of the car just to rule out any questions.”

The baby, later identified as Aiden Koch, was taken to UCI Medical Center, but according to reports from the scene, there was no sign of blood or injury and he was virtually unscratched.

UCI’s Susan Mancia said she could not confirm whether the baby was still at the hospital.

“We are unable to release any information whatsoever per the family’s request,” she said. “I can’t even confirm he’s here.”

Mancia said hospital officials may address the importance of child car safety seats, but only in a general way.

Quesada said crash reports typically take seven to 10 days to complete.

Canton was driving home after eating lunch in Buena Park with her mother Irene, who works there, her told brother Nico Canton told the Orange County Register.

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Easy Bake Oven – Recalled

8 02 2007

I knew this was bound to happen……

oven.jpg Easy-Bake Ovens Recalled for Repair Due to Entrapment and Burn HazardsWASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should immediately take the recalled oven away from children under 8 years of age and contact the firm for a retrofit with warning.
Name of product: Easy-Bake Ovens

Units: About 985,000

Manufacturer: Easy-Bake, a division of Hasbro, Inc., of Pawtucket, R.I.

Hazard: Young children can insert their hands into the oven’s opening and get their hands or fingers caught, posing an entrapment and burn hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Easy-Bake has received 29 reports of children getting their hands or fingers caught in the oven’s opening, including five reports of burns.

Description: The Easy-Bake Oven is a purple and pink plastic oven that resembles a kitchen range with four burners on top and a front-loading oven. “Easy Bake” is printed on the front of the oven. Model number 65805 and “Hasbro” are stamped into the plastic on the back of the oven. The Easy Bake Oven is an electric toy and is not recommended for children under eight years of age. Ovens sold before May 2006 are not included in this recall.

Sold at: Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Target, KB Toys and other retailers nationwide from May 2006 through February 2007 for about $25.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should contact Easy-Bake between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET 7 days a week to receive a free retrofit kit with consumer warning. Caregivers should keep the Easy Bake Oven away from children under eight years of age.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Easy-Bake at (800) 601-8418, or visit the firm’s Web site at http://www.easybake.com





Save Money Grocery Shopping

8 02 2007

Shopping for groceries is sometimes a hassle and can get quite expensive, especially with a family of 5. Want 50 ways to save money on your grocery bill? Find out here…..

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Babies Abused in Russian Hospital

3 02 2007

Russia’s nurses and hospital system need to get a new way of calming down babies. What is wrong with these people? Maybe if we gag and put tape on the nurses mouths for the rest of their lives, they can see how these poor helpless, innocent babies feel.

 

 

MOSCOW (Feb. 1) – Prosecutors said Thursday they are investigating allegations that workers at a central Russian hospital taped infants’ mouths shut to keep them from crying, in a scandal that has sparked widespread outrage.

 

In a second incident, prosecutors in the Far Eastern city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk said they had opened a criminal probe at a kindergarten where an employee gave unauthorized injection to children to help them sleep. According to some news accounts, all or some of the babies were orphans.

The alleged mouth-taping at Hospital No. 15 in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg, about 900 miles east of Moscow, has received wide coverage in the Russian media.
According to a statement posted on the prosecutor general’s Web site, investigators found that hospital workers allegedly used tape or adhesive bandages to shut the mouths of infants on several occasions to quiet them.

Regional prosecutors were conducting a criminal probe into whether hospital workers could be charged with dereliction of duty or child abuse, the statement said. It was unclear when or if charges would be filed.

Earlier this week, Russian TV broadcast video reportedly taken with a cell phone that showed a crib with sleeping baby who appeared to have a pacifier taped to its mouth.
The Interfax news agency on Tuesday reported that Yekaterinburg city health officials had reprimanded the hospital’s chief doctor and its chief nurse.

Russia’s health and welfare institutions – including hospitals and orphanages – fell into disrepair after the Soviet collapse as government funding dried up. Though government revenues have risen with world oil prices, many welfare institutions remain woefully neglected, as often as not victims of corrupt officials, and employees are often paid miserly wages.
In Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, on the Pacific island of Sakhalin, regional prosecutor Tatyana Kutuzova said that investigators had opened a criminal probe into whether a worker injected children to calm them down or to help them sleep.

She told the NTV television network that the worker lacked the necessary training and qualifications and should not have been working in the kindergarten.
Lyubov Kuritsina, a regional education official, said the worker had been fired.

In another recent incident that caused widespread shock, an infant in southern Russia had to have her arm amputated after an injection for a routine illness caused a blood infection.





FDA Cautions Against "Keepsake" Ultrasound Images

3 02 2007

I guess a routine ultrasound is not a bad thing, but when it comes to those 3D and 4D images, now that is another story.

 

 

By Carol Rados

It’s risky business taking pictures of unborn babies when there’s no medical need to do so. That’s the word from the Food and Drug Administration, which is concerned about companies trying to turn an important medical procedure into a prenatal portrait tool.

Facilities with captivating names such as Fetal Fotos, Peek-a-Boo, Womb with a View, and Baby Insight are popping up in strip malls and shopping centers all over the country. And they’re promoting “keepsake videos” that use the latest ultrasound technology to produce high-resolution three-dimensional and four-dimensional (moving) images showing the surface anatomy of babies developing in the womb. The lure of this burgeoning industry is that parents-to-be get to see characteristics like facial features, hair, and even the baby’s sex, and often they can count fingers and toes before their baby is born. Some women even have videos made at various stages of their baby’s growth. And the videos are often being marketed as a prized addition to collections of childhood memorabilia.

As compelling as these sneak previews may be, the FDA is warning women about the potential hazards of getting keepsake videos. The agency also is warning companies against creating them for entertainment purposes. While ultrasound has been around for many years, expectant women and their families need to know that the long-term effects of repeated ultrasound exposures on the fetus are not fully known. In light of all that remains unknown, having a prenatal ultrasound for non-medical reasons is not a good idea.

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