We hope you had a wonderful weekend! Welcome to this week’s 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.
Jasmine & Heather
In the News:
Maker Recalls 2,200 Tubes of Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion - Tubes are being recalled at the retail level in 9 southern states for a particular lot that tested above the required levels of a common staph bacteria. It’s unlikely that many consumers will have the product in their homes, but consumers who may have bought the product can still use it according to J&J. The bacteria is naturally occurring in the environment and on the skin, but if you are concerned, check for lot number 0161LK.
Mom Gives Birth in Car, Dad Films While Driving - Steering wheel in one hand, camera in the other, Dad films while his wife gives birth with a single push on the way to the hospital. The video doesn’t show the labor, but it sounds like it must have been one of the easiest births on the planet.
USDA Issues New Rules for School Lunches - Standards issued by the USDA Wednesday will require fruits and veggies every day, more whole grains, and reduced sodium and fat content. The new rules take effect July 1 and will be phased in over three years.
Horrifying Discovery in Capri Sun - A 10 year old boy began to choke, then pulled a worm out of his mouth. Ewwww! Kraft Food’s statement says it was likely mold, because “Capri Sun products are made without preservatives — a fact many moms like”… How’s that for some spin?
Nurses’ Miscarriages Linked to Chemicals at Work
A survey of approximately 7,500 nurses who were pregnant between 1993 and 2002 found that the rate of miscarriage increased from 1 in 10 to 2 in 10 in nurses who worked with chemotherapy drugs or sterilizing agents such as formaldehyde. The survey involved nurses who had experienced a pregnancy between 1993 and 2002. There is room for inaccuracy in the study given that nurses were asked to recall back as far as 8 years, but a more precise follow up study is in the works.
Alcohol in Pregnancy: It’s Never Safe, Especially Not in the First Trimester
New research from scientists at the University of California, San Diego indicates that babies are most vulnerable to the effects of alcohol at the end of the first trimester. The scientists tracked the alcohol and other substances used by almost 1,000 women every three months during pregnancy and found that every drink consumed between the 43rd and 84th days of pregnancy increased the baby’s odds of lower birthweight and birth defects. This reinforces guidelines for avoiding alcohol during pregnancy, especially for women contemplating pregnancy since many aren’t aware they are pregnant until that critical period.
A Measure of Titanium Dioxide
In the first analytical study of titanium dioxide content in consumer products, scientists at Arizona State University found concentrations in personal care products, such as toothpaste and sunscreen ranged from 1 to 10% while foods, such as white candies and doughnuts, contained up to 340 mg per serving. Up to 36% of the titanium found in the foods was in nanoparticle form. More research is needed on the possible health effects, but you can read an informative article on nanoparticles in a prior weekly highlights here.
Common Chemicals Could Make Kids’ Vaccines Less Effective
A recent study suggests, but does not prove, that perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) used in the manufacture of non-stick coatings and stain-resistant fabrics among other household items, may affect the immune system making children more vulnerable to infectious disease. The study found that the antibody response to the tetanus and diphtheria vaccines was weaker in children whose blood contained relatively high levels of PFCs.
Confession: This Pediatrician is a Sleep Softie - There aren’t that many absolutes when it comes to raising kids.
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Recalls, January 23 – January 30:
CPSC Child Product Recalls
- Infant Rattles Recalled by Lee Carter Co. Due to Choking Hazard
- Mexican Wrestling Action Figures Recalled by Lee Carter Co. Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
Child Safety Seat Recalls
- Britax Recalling 14,220 Child Safety Seats for Safety Harness Straps That Will Not Properly Restrain Child
- Britax’s Announcement can be found here
- Pinnacle Foods Group LLC Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Soy Protein In Aunt Jemima Frozen Pancakes
- M.E. Thompson, Inc. Recalls Anytime Deli Brand Turkey & Ham Footlong Sandwich Because Of Possible Health Risk
- Jones’ Seasoning Voluntarily Recalls Original and Spicy Southwest Blend Mock Salt Because of Possible Health Risk
- Michigan Firm Recalls Salad Products for Possible Listeria Contamination
- Minnesota Firm Recalls Beef Sirloin Products Due To Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen
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