One unexpected way your distracted driving could be tragic

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 are… Learn More »

Top 6 Stuffed Animal Safety Issues

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,… Learn More »

Supreme Court Hands Victory to Vaccine Makers in Product Liability Case

    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… Learn More »

Recall and New Report Highlight Crib Danger

    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… Learn More »

Video Baby Monitors from Summer Infant Subject to Massive Recall

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… Learn More »

After Decades of Controversy, Federal Regulators Change Crib Rules

    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.… Learn More »

FDA Issues Warning on Prescription Cough Medication Benzonatate (Tessalon) After Child Deaths

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… Learn More »

Child Eye Safety Tips for the Holidays

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… Learn More »

Booster Seats Reduce Risk of Child Injury or Death in Auto Accidents

Last month, researchers reported online in Pediatrics (the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics) that child traffic injuries fell in New York State after a new law (which became effective in 2005) required children between the ages of 4 through 6 to use booster seats. Specifically, the new law was associated with an 18%… Learn More »

Avoiding Infant Car Seat Injuries

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics warns parents that infant car seats need to remain in cars in order to prevent injuries to babies. Almost 9,000 infants go to the emergency room every year for car seat-related injuries that happen outside the car. Most of the reported injuries occurred when babies fell out… Learn More »