Baby Bumps and Bruises

7 03 2007

As your baby gains mobility, accidents will happen and her head will get bumped at least a few times. Rest assured that your baby’s head is built to withstand the bumps and bruises of childhood and that most falls injure only the scalp, not the underlying brain. A scalp injury will normally bleed a lot and a bump will appear quickly.

Here are some helpful tips to treat a head wound:

 

  1. Apply ice to the bump for 20 minutes to reduce swelling. If your child won’t cooperate and you can’t keep the ice on that long, don’t worry; it won’t make the injury any worse.
  2. Stop any bleeding with a clean cloth.
  3. Watch carefully for signs of concussion or large hematoma. If she is alert, walking, talking and playing like she was before the injury, she’s probably okay. As a precaution, keep her awake for at least the first hour after the injury, and then let her nap in short, 20-minute intervals.

 

 

Trust your instincts; even if she is behaving normally, but you feel something isn’t right, call your pediatrician. Better safe than sorry.

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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.





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





Do You Support The Spanking Ban?

21 01 2007

I don’t remember being spanked as a child, but I think that doesn’t mean I wasn’t spanked. With having an alcoholic father, I probably was but just blocked it out. Spanking comes in so many forms. Whether, it’s a smack on the hand or a swat on the tush.

Some people call it abuse. What do YOU call abuse?

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Babies found in freezer

8 12 2006

I was watching the news last night and came across something disturbing. There were 3 frozen babies found in a freezer. The woman who lived there just died right after Thanksgiving.

This story came out of Columbia. Tn.

The frozen bodies of three dead babies were found in a freezer Thursday in the apartment of a 35-year-old Columbia woman who died recently, according to the Columbia Police Department.

A family member of Tracy Howard found the bodies, some of which may be fetuses, when cleaning out Howard’s apartment. The age and cause of death of the babies is unknown.

Howard died on Nov. 28, and an initial autopsy suggests it was from natural causes.

An autopsy on the babies was scheduled for Thursday, though no results have been released.

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What Can Parents Do About Online Safety

3 12 2006

It should come as no surprise that parental involvement is the key to keeping kids safe online. You can lecture your kids, you can install filters to block objectionable websites, you can spy on your kids and you even can try tokeep your kid off the Internet, but none of those tactics are as effective as engaging them in conversation about what they’re doing online.

This is especially true in the “Web 2.0” era of the interactive Internet when kids are not only “downloading” inappropriate information but “uploading” information about themselves in social networking sites like MySpace and even video sites like YouTube. Today, parents have to worry not just what their kids “see” on the net but what they “say” as well.

So what does it mean to be an involved parent? It doesn’t necessarily mean standing over your kid’s shoulder every time he or she goes online, but it does mean talking with your kids – especially your teens – on a regular basis about their internet activities.

And don’t just focus on porn and predators. There are other “risks” for kids ranging from cyber bullying to net addiction to commercial exploitation. If your kids open up about bad experiences, don’t overreact or blame the victim. Listen carefully and appreciate that fact that they’re coming forward.

Your children may not want to talk about any negative experiences they’ve had online, but don’t let that stop you from talking with them about dangers on the Internet. Don’t exaggerate but do warn kids that getting giving out personal information and getting together with people they meet online can be dangerous. Let them know that the safest way to deal with unwanted solicitations is to not respond.

Don’t think that kids aren’t listening. Just as with messages about smoking and other dangerous substances, parents do have an impact. A national survey of teens conducted by the Boys and Girls Clubs found that “more than 1 in 3 youth (37%) stated that their relationship with their parents/guardians was most important to them… Surprisingly, nearly half (45%) of all respondents said that their parents most significantly influence their decisions, rather than their peers.”

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Police: Baby Might Have Been Microwaved

29 11 2006

Such horrible, horrible people in this world. They do not deserve to have children.

An infant girl who died in August 2005 of a high body temperature might have been put in a microwave, and her mother has been charged in the death, authorities said Tuesday.

China Arnold, 26, was arrested at her home Monday on a charge of aggravated murder, more than a year after she brought her dead month-old baby to a hospital, police said.

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