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Avoiding Toy Hazards: What to look out for while holiday shopping
Thursday, November 24th, 2016

This year OSPIRG, a consumer protection watchdog organization, released their 31st annual toy safety report, Trouble in Toyland, highlighting toy hazards on store shelves this holiday season. The report notes five common toy hazards that cause thousands of injuries to children each year: choking hazards, toxic hazards, ingestion hazards, fire hazards and laceration hazards. Choking is the leading cause […]

CDC Confirms Zika Virus Linked to Birth Defects
Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

As the weather warms, we start to gear up for summer with picnics, trips to the beach and vacations dotting our calendars across the coming months. But as we prepare to enjoy our time both outdoors and abroad we need to be aware of one potential danger making the trip with us: mosquitoes. Recently mosquitoes […]

One unexpected way your distracted driving could be tragic
Friday, May 11th, 2012

It happens every year, usually starting in the spring. 38 children die each year in hot cars. Most were accidentally left in the vehicle by parents or caregivers.   Parents think it can never happen to them:  how could you be so careless as to forget your baby in the car? But the majority of these tragic deaths […]

Top 6 Stuffed Animal Safety Issues
Friday, November 4th, 2011

Who doesn't love giving a plush stuffed animal to a young child? Kids' faces light up when they hug these critters. And with the holiday season on its way, these toys are probably on your list as a gift giving idea. But as adults, we need to be mindful of safety issues involving stuffed animals, […]

Supreme Court Hands Victory to Vaccine Makers in Product Liability Case
Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

    Vaccine makers are celebrating a ruling last month by the Supreme Court that affirms their protection from state court lawsuits.  The case centered on Hannah Bruesewitz, who as an infant in 1993 suffered seizures and permanent brain damage after receiving a diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) vaccine, made by Wyeth.      The Supreme Court was tasked with deciding whether […]

Recall and New Report Highlight Crib Danger
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

    As a follow-up to our previous post on crib safety, a new report reveals that more than 9,500 infants go to the emergency room each year because of crib related injuries.  The nineteen year study by the journal Pediatrics also shows that every year an average of 113 infants die as a result of crib […]

Video Baby Monitors from Summer Infant Subject to Massive Recall
Saturday, February 12th, 2011

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced Friday that, in cooperation with Summer Infant Inc., it was implementing a voluntary recall of about 1.7 million video baby monitors with electrical cords to provide new warnings on the product labels. The CPSC warned that the video monitor cords can present a strangulation hazard to infants and toddlers […]

After Decades of Controversy, Federal Regulators Change Crib Rules
Thursday, December 30th, 2010

    Reacting to numerous tragedies over the past few decades, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has passed new regulations requiring safer cribs for children.  The focus of the new rules is on the drop-side design, which allows one side of the crib to be raised and lowered so parents have easier access to their infants. […]

FDA Issues Warning on Prescription Cough Medication Benzonatate (Tessalon) After Child Deaths
Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Benzonatate is a prescription cough suppressant used to treat cough due to the common cold, bronchitis, pneumonia, or other lung infections. It is sold in the United States under the brand name Tessalon Perles (gelcaps) or Tessalon Capsules. Recently, the FDA reviewed reports on 31 overdoses of Tessalon, including the deaths of five toddlers. The […]

Child Eye Safety Tips for the Holidays
Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

As a followup to our blog post on holiday toy safety, we want to share a link to a blog post on EyeDocNews, a leading eyecare news website, listing eye safety tips for children during the holidays. The eye safety tips, published by Bausch + Lomb's Early Vision Institute, advise parents to remain alert for the […]