Most cribs these days are designed with bumper pads, a standard part of the crib’s interior, together with the bedding and sheets. Maryland health officials are seeking to ban the said bumper pads, in line with the studies showing high incidences of suffocation leading to child mortality. Warning signs on the packaging, as well as promoting the alternative (traditional) pads, are part of the campaign. Read the full story from Andrea K. Walker, reporting for The Baltimore Sun, here.
Archive for December 2012
Child safety encompasses different kinds of affirmative action. This week, we focus on the importance of the prevention of accidents and other forms of harm through awareness and parent teaching. Here are our top stories for you this week:
- The Santa Cruz CHP is hosting a free public event for all interested parents in line with the need for increased education on child safety seats. Take a look at public invitation – this coming September 19 – here.
- In today’s world, it has become very easy to get distracted – at work, with chores, and whatever it is that takes hold of your attention and time. This is something that parents should never succumb to, especially when it comes to child safety. Read more of Marianne Frederick’s take on distracted living.
- Product recalls are something that parents try their best to always be updated with. Here is an example of a recent product recall that has put lots of children at risk.
- It’s Child Passenger Safety Week. Check out what the Buchanan County Sheriff and his law enforcers are planning to promote child seat safety awareness.
- When parents go to the local library, for business or for studies, they bring their children with them on a number of occasions. There are no day care centers there, but libraries do put child safety among their considerations. In fact, Hickory libraries have released a new set of guidelines to make sure kids are safe within their premises.
- It is never easy to be a parent, let alone be good at it. This week, we talk about the numerous stresses and distractions that surround not only the children, but the parents as well. Read more of this on our featured commentary, “Un-distracting: An Essential Parenting Skill.”
Parents are like special agents who live double lives – one at work and one with their kids. Working parents are often trailed by difficulties, stresses, and chores that are way beyond their reach. When they do find the time to get off work, there is just so much to do all the time. Parents of more than one child will have to deal with so much more. If there was such a thing as “undistracting” – every parent should learn it…or buy it. The safety of kids is always the top one priority for all families, no matter what it is that you do for a living, no matter how many things you have to accomplish in a day.
Feeding them, bathing them, playing with them, asking about how their day went, answering all their questions, putting them to sleep – these even sound easier said than done. Even then, all the things in between cannot be put into words. Aside from providing for their needs and being there for them, ensuring the safety of one’s kids at all times is a task that most parents try their best to achieve. Childproofing the house is one way of doing this.
The products that we buy for our children are a whole new level of consideration in terms of child safety. Most times, parents are assured that a product or food item is safe since it has passed manufacturing and distribution standards. As product recalls began coming out, this assurance began to wane away, one recalled item at a time. The best (and quite frankly, all) that parents can do is hope that they get the news in time, to be aware of the products that are safe and those which are not.
Marianne Frederick expresses her thoughts on the existence of “distracted living” and how parents of today find it hard to keep their kids safe all the time. She also touches a bit on the topic of product recalls, and what steps parents ought to take about them. Read her full article on ChildSafetyBlog.org.
In Hickory, libraries acknowledge that they are not the right authority to provide the best child safety services. Despite this being out of their scope, the administration has taken it to themselves to find a way to help promote child safety within library premises. As an action, they have released new guidelines which are now more defined than the previous ones, which were more general. Read more about these new library guidelines, brought to us by the Hickory Daily Record staff.
Vehicular accidents are not only huge contributors of deaths and injuries, but also out of our control most of the time. Child deaths in car accidents are attributed to the improper use or lack of child safety seats. In response to this growing threat, the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Department, together with other officials, are holding the celebration for Child Passenger Safety Week by enforcing the use of child safety seats. Read the full story by John P. Tretbar here.
Care Bears are cute, but it seems like they aren’t just as safe as we thought they would be. In a recent product recall, the Care Bear-designed pacifiers have been pulled off the shelves and previous purchases are being treated with hefty refunds from the company. Read more about the recall, the affected consumers, and how to get in touch with the company for inquiries or refunds.
Product recalls are a messy bunch, especially when kids are involved. Not only do they endanger the safety of those who already have the product, they also keep parents anxious at times, not knowing if they have kept themselves aware and updated enough. Marianne Frederick talks about the dangers of distracted living, and more importantly, parenting.
Many parents think that they provide their children with the best safety precautions that they could – and most really do. Child safety seats are only one of the ways to better take care of your kids. The Aptos CHP is hosting a free event to educate parents (and pretty much anyone) on the proper use of child safety seats. The event will be held this coming September 19, 2012. For more details, check out this public event invitation.
This week in Kidsafe we discussed everything from Internet safety with new Christmas gadgets to tips for keeping your little ones safe while Christmas shopping this year. Join us and share some of your tips.
- Children want the ever popular iPads and video systems for the holidays this year. However, parents are concerned about the Internet and the ever present dangers presented there. Read all about the gadgets and the dangers in Julian Gavaghans article here.
- TrueCare social media announced a series of tweet chats to help educate children and parents on social media safety. Read about it here.
- Child safety on the playground has been debated over and over for years now. What is safe? What’s not safe? What do you think?
- The Oregon State Police are warning parents to keep their children extra close when shopping this holiday season. Union-bulletin.com reporst on the subject and provides us with some tips.
- Minnesota police released a plea for parents to be responsible with firearms after the accidental shooting, and death, of a two-year old. Read the story here.
Finally, we discussed some tips for how to keep your child with you, and safe during the hectic holiday season rush. It’s much better to be safe than sorry. After all, the children are what Christmas is all about right?
Shopping for Christmas can be a hassle. The malls and stores are packed to capacity and most people are not in the best of moods. This chaos is increased tenfold if you have to take the children with you. Let’s face it, you can’t do all of the shopping without them. The main thing you need to remember during this busiest of shopping seasons, is that children still need to be protected. Union-bulletin.com reports that, “Police Urge Vigilance to Keep Kids Safe During Holiday Travel.” This carries over into while you are shopping as well.
Always, and I mean always keep your kids close to you when shopping during the Christmas holidays. Don’t let them wander over to the next aisle to look at the toys. Christmas is the prime time for child predators to be stalking the toy aisles and it only takes a second for a child to disappear.
Even if you drill into your child’s head that they must not talk to strangers, it’s the holidays, they are excited and may not be thinking at all. If they get lost, they are easily confused in the holiday crowds and may go with a stranger that offers to help them. Keep them with you at all times and the chances of a predator snatching them will be decreased greatly.