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Baby Safety

Rethinking Crib Bumpers

Bumper pads around the inside of a crib make the baby bed look cozy and safe, but health and consumer experts say they're dangerous, the Chicago Tribune reports. For years now, federal regulators have known that bumper pads could pose a suffocation hazard in babies but have failed to warn parents.

Babyproof Your Backyard

Before you know it, your stationary infant will be crawling so fast you’ll barely be able to keep up with her. If you have a yard, you’ll want her to enjoy the sights, sounds, textures and fresh air that the great outdoors has to offer. Here’s how to protect her from potential dangers there:

Summer Safety

Bug bites
Insect repellents containing DEET are most effective against ticks (transmitters of Lyme disease) and mosquitoes (carriers of West Nile virus), and they’re safe for babies 2 months and older, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Use a product with 10 percent to 30 percent DEET, and wash it off once inside. Another option: Cutter insect repellent. It contains picaridin, an odorless and nontoxic chemical that has been proven nearly as effective as DEET.

When You Want to Build an Eco-Friendly Baby Registry

There's nothing like a burgeoning new life to make you consider the planet’s future. So as friends and relatives prepare to shower you with baby gifts, it’s natural to want the greenest items possible. But attaching heavy-handed preconditions to your baby shower could cause the event to seem more like a sermon than a celebration.

Keep it Safe

 

They may be the quintessential playthings of childhood, but latex balloons are a hazard—and a lethal one at that. “Kids are choking on them and dying,” says Josh Krimston, a firefighter/paramedic at Bonita Fire Department in San Diego and co-founder of EPIC Medics, a nonprofit organization that aims to prevent childhood injuries. “Latex is so smooth that if it’s inhaled or swallowed, it molds to the trachea and blocks the airway, causing the child to suffocate.”

Boosting Air Quality for Baby

When you become a parent, the simple act of breathing takes on a whole new meaning. Watching your baby’s tiny chest rhythmically rise and fall and listening for a comforting exhalation on the baby monitor are two habits you’re likely to pick up before you’ve even realized it. But what about the quality of the air he’s breathing?

Keep It Safe

There’s nothing cuter than your baby’s tiny corn-row toes, but they—as well as other parts of your baby’s body—can quickly become endangered by what’s known as a hair tourniquet. “This happens when something very thin and pliable, such as a hair or thread, gets wound around a digit or other appendage, even a penis,” says Madelyn Goble, R.N., an ER/trauma nurse at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, Calif. Left unnoticed, a hair can get wound so tightly that blood flow is compromised.

Safety First

Poisoning

Mold and Allergies

It must be "mold season."  I've gotten several emails recently from worried women who've discovered mold growing in their walls, bathrooms, couches and offices.  They're frightened mold could damage their baby's health or cause miscarriage. When they went online to do "mold research" what they found scared the bejeezus out them. Let's see if we can take some of the fear factor out of this moldy situation.

Car Seat Shopping

EXPERT TIPS

Rear-facing infant seats are smaller and plug into a base that stays in your car so you can take your sleeping baby out of the car without waking him. Make sure yours is compatible with your stroller.

Convertible car seats stay installed in your car but do double duty by allowing an infant to ride in the rear-facing position for the recommended time period, from birth until he turns 1 or weighs at least 20 pounds (though longer is better). The seat can then be turned around to the forward-facing position.

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