Weekly Highlights (12/19/2011)

Welcome to “Weekly Highlights”, our weekly post that recaps important child health and safety news, research, and recalls from the previous week and other great finds we’ve come across in our internet travels.

In the News:

FDA Approves First Heart Pump for Kids - While heart failure is rare in children, this device will help prolong the lives of children waiting for transplants. It’s one of very few devices designed specifically for children.

Disney Unveils Newest Princess, Sophia the First, for Toddlers - Disney’s newest princess will be a toddler with lots of pretty dresses and sparkly shoes and an emphasis on inner beauty. It’d be nice to see a Disney character with a traditional family, too.

Maine Report Lists Products Containing Toxic Chemicals BPA and NPE25 manufacturers of children’s toys, infant formulas, baby food, paints, and cleaners reported in under Maine’s chemical reporting regulation. 280 toys containing BPA made the list with nearly all made by Playmobil. View the report here.

Two Dead in Louisiana After Unclean Water Used in Neti Pots - Yikes! Bacteria in the sinuses can easily get to the brain. Be sure to use distilled water, not tap water, with this at home sinus treatment.

This Week in History: Boston Schools Mandated Vaccination – Dec 15, 1827 – “no child left unvaccinated” became law in Boston. A little history lesson on the smallpox vaccine.

New Research:

How Abuse Changes a Child’s Brain
In the first study to use MRI imaging to study the brains of children in violent homes, researchers found brain patterns similar to soldiers exposed to combat. Children adapt and become primed to perceive threats and pain but also more susceptible to long-term stress and anxiety. Heartbreaking.

Fantastic Finds:

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself from Marc and Angel Hack Life - “Anyone can start today and make a new ending.” I absolutely loved this. Many great reminders of the best way to live and enjoy life.

Believe from Ryan and Kenz - This is just genius!! Children wary of Santa can get their photo taken with a more familiar face, and no one will be the wiser.

Recalls, December 13 – December 19:

CPSC Child Product Recalls

Child Safety Seat Recalls

No child safety seat recall announcements this week.

USDA/FDA Recalls

If there’s anything you see and think we should feature, please send it our way to jasmine@purebebe.com. We hope your week is off to a great start! XOXO, Jasmine & Heather

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1 Response to “Weekly Highlights (12/19/2011)”

  • Princess Sophia: I think that it’s a nice change of pace to see a younger Disney princess. I’m curious to see how my 4-year-old daughter will identify with her. :)

    Neti Pots: I used neti pots almost daily during the Spring/Summer of this year. I was pregnant with my third, and it was really the only way that I was able to fight off congestion. Before I started to use it, I noticed that warning labels were placed prominently on the exterior of the box, in the instructions, and on the saline packets. The instructions were very clear about using FILTERED water then STERILIZING it prior to use. It’s terrible that two people died, but maybe it will serve as a reminder to people about improper use and consequences.

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