We hope you had a wonderful weekend! To catch up for missing last week, you’ll see a little more in this weeks 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:
Agencies: No Need for Baby Formula Recall - Test results are in on the Enfamil formula recall, and all tests of factory-sealed containers found no bacteria. However, the bacteria was found in an open bottle of water and prepared formula of the child who died in Missouri and authorities are unsure how it got there, which stresses the importance of safely preparing infant formula.
Get the Lead Out: Panel Wants Kids’ Limits Halved - An advisory panel to the CDC is recommending that the current threshold for child lead poisoning be cut in half based on new research that children could be harmed from levels far lower than the current standard. They also recommend a prevention policy that includes removing children from buildings with lead-based paint hazards. The CDC has yet to approve the change in threshold, and a decision to ramp up prevention will take significantly more time and resources.
Widowed Teen Mom Kills Intruder to Protect Baby - An 18 year old teen mom shoots and kills an intruder in her home just one week after losing her husband to cancer on Christmas Day. What a tragic week for such a young girl. Video coverage of her ordeal and amazingly calm and collected 911 call below.
Oops…Company Publishes X-Rated Children’s Clothing Ad - French clothing company, La Redoute, apologizes for somehow missing the naked man wandering around in the background of their latest photo shoot after it appeared online.
‘National Opt Out Day’ Rejects Standardized Tests - On the 10th Anniversary of the No Child Left Behind Act, United Opt Out National is encouraging parents to opt out of standardized testing this spring citing limited benefits from the high-stakes testing brought on by the Act. Personally, I worry that teaching to a test is stifling our children’s creativity.
First Grader Dies After Allergic Reaction at School - Ammaria Johnson, 7, died at her elementary school after suffering from an allergic reaction to peanuts. The girl’s death has sparked conversation about schools’ ability to handle allergic reactions and proposed legislation that would allow schools to have non-prescription epi-pens available.
Passersby Rescue Kids in Icy River Crash - An amazing tale of heroism. Talk about right place, right time. Thank goodness for those men.
Poor Kids Miss Out on Playtime
A new report from the American Academy of Pediatricians indicates that poor children are lacking unstructured, free playtime because of a lack of safe places to play, parents who are busy trying to make ends meet, and schools cutting out recess and phys ed in order to focus more on academics. The article suggests that schools should be encouraged to keep recess and cities should aim to provide safe places to play - much easier said than done for sure.
The Hormone Surge of Middle Childhood
Middle childhood, the age between about 5 or 6 and the teenage years, is a busy time for a child’s brain. It is the time when a child’s brain has reached its adult size and now focuses on forging connections. It’s a time of great creativity and a time where children begin to gain the ability to control impulses, to reason, to focus, and to understand and accept mortality and plan for the future. And it’s apparently an age that has been very much overlooked until lately.
Don’t Carpe Diem from Momastery.com - Parenthood is hard. We don’t always want to seize every moment. But there is Kairos - God’s time - those metaphysical moments when time stands still and you look at your child with wonderment, awe, and unconditional love. Cherish Kairos. I love this post!
Recalls, December 27 – January 9:
CPSC Child Product Recalls
- Bicycle Helmets Recalled by Triple Eight Distribution Due to Risk of Head Injury
- Children’s Chairs and Stools Recalled by Elegant Gifts Mart Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
- IKEA Recalls to Repair High Chairs Due to Fall Hazard
- Madeline Bed Canopy Recalled by Pottery Barn Kids Due to Impact Hazard
Child Safety Seat Recalls
No child safety seat recall announcements this week.
- Novartis Consumer Health Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall Of Certain Over-The-Counter Products Due to Potential Presence Of Foreign Tablets Or Chipped Or Broken Tablets Or Gelcaps (Excedrin, NoDoz, Bufferin, Gas-X)
- Bloch’s Best Inc Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Eggs in Laromme Brand Vanilla Rugelach in 14 oz. Round Containers
- Rich Products Corporation announces nationwide voluntary recall of 1/4 (Quarter) Sheet Vanilla Flavored Pre-Soaked Sponge Cake Artificially Flavored
- Alpine Slicing and Cheese Conversion Company Issues Voluntary Recall of “Edelweiss Creamery Premium Fondue Blend” Because of Possible Health Risk
- Alpine Slicing and Cheese Conversion Company Issues Voluntary Recall of “Brennan’s Cellars Shredded Premium Fondue Blend — Emmentaler Swiss & Gruyere Cheese”, “Brennan’s Cellars Shredded Mild Colored Cheddar Cheese”, “Brennan’s Cellars Shredded Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese” Because of Possible Health Risk
- Alpine Slicing and Cheese Conversion Company Issues Voluntary Recall of “HEB Queso Cotija (Grated)”, “El Viajero Queso Quesadilla (Shredded)”, “El Viajero Queso Cotija (Grated)”, “BMF Queso Quesadilla (Shredded)” Because of Possible Health Risk
- Enhorabuena! Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Milk, Wheat, Tree Nuts, and Eggs in “Palitos de Guayaba” (Guava Sticks)
- Voluntary Recall of Limited Quantity of 6-pack 250 mL Martinelli’s Gold Medal Sparkling Cider
- Bekkum Family Farms LLC Announces The Recall Of Nordic Creamery Brand Grumpy Goat Shreds With A Sell By Date Of 10-MAR-12 Due To Possible Listeria Contamination
- Kradjian Imp Co. Recalls Cedar Brand Tresse Cheese and Cedar Brand Shinglish Cheese Because of Possible Health Risk
- Green Cedar Dairy Announces the Recall of All Natural Ackawi Cheese and All Natural Chives Cheese with a sell by date up to July 1, 2012 due to Possible Listeria Contamination
- Winn-Dixie Issues Voluntary Recall on Winn-Dixie Brand Italian Green Beans
- Undeclared Sulfites in Baraka Apricot Candies, from Lebanon
- Consumer Alert for Cheese and Milk Products Due to Listeria monocytongenes Contamination
- Green Valley Food Corp. is Expanding Its Recall to Include Additional Products because of a Possible Health Risk
- Arizona Firm Recalls Marinated Beef and Chicken Products Due To Mislabeling and Undeclared Allergens
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Jasmine & Heather
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