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. Enjoy! - Jasmine & Heather
In the News:
Pfizer Recalls 1 Million Birth Control Pills - In case you missed our notice on Facebook earlier this week, Pfizer recalled 1 million pills due to a packaging mishap. Check the article to see if your pill was affected.
Home Birth Advocate Dies in Child Birth - A home birth advocate passed away after going into cardiac arrest during childbirth bringing into question the safety of home births as their popularity rises. I found this article a really refreshing take on home vs hospital births.
Qantas Flight Grounded by Dirty Diaper – Yes, you read that right. A plane was forced to land and passengers removed by forklift 5 at a time due to a foul odor coming from a dirty diaper stuffed in the airplane toilet.
Senator Wants More Done to Warn of Mercury Hazard in New Light Bulbs - Nebraskan Senator Hulton is concerned that most people aren’t aware of the hazards of compact fluorescent light bulbs in the home. Read the article for info on how to properly handle and dispose of these mercury-containing light bulbs.
Why Spanking Doesn’t Work
A new analysis of two decades of research on the long-term effects of physical punishment finds that it doesn’t work and can have serious long-term effects. While it may work in the moment, it leads to increased aggression in children in the longer term and can harm the relationship between parent and child as well as affect a child’s sense of self-worth. Later in life, it’s associated with mental health problems as neurological analysis has found that it can affect brain chemistry.
Parents Cheat on Booster Seats, Despite Safety Risks
A new survey in this week’s Pediatrics found that more than half of parents carpool children other than their own, but they don’t always use booster seats for children who should be in one. Only about half of parents who carpool require their own child to ride in a booster, even when their friends are not. And 21 percent would allow their child to ride boosterless in someone else’s car.
Breastfeeding Tied to Stronger Lungs, Less Asthma
Two new studies out this week on the effect of breastfeeding on lung function: The first followed 1500 UK children from their birth in the mid-1990s and tested for lung function and allergies between the ages of 8 and 14. Two out of the three tests showed that babies who were breastfed by asthmatic moms for at least four months may get more benefit from breastfeeding than babies of asthma-free moms, countering previous studies which suggested asthmatic moms may put their babies at risk with breastfeeding. The second study followed 1000 children in New Zealand and concluded that each month of exclusive breastfeeding was tied to a 9% drop in asthma risk.
Medical Mysteries: It Wasn’t the Vaccine – So Why Did Baby Have Seizures? from The Washington Post - A fascinating read on one family’s search for an explanation after her baby developed seizures following vaccination.
Word! from An Inch of Gray – Touching words on coping with grief and what almost was before the tragic loss of her child in the floods of VA last year. Pray for those who have loved and lost that they will be comforted through such grief and pain.
Recalls, January 31 – February 6:
CPSC Child Product Recalls
- Bumbleride Recalls Indie & Indie Twin Strollers Due to Fall Hazard
- Consumer Reports also notes a concern with the multi-use bar that could pose a strangulation hazard if improperly used. See their helpful video here.
- Weeplay Kids Recalls Infant Bodysuits Due to Choking Hazard
Child Safety Seat Recalls
No child safety seat recall announcements this week.
A number of recalls below are driven by the recall of hard-cooked eggs produced by Michael Foods which have been sold to retail/institutional establishments and may be contaminated with listeria. Be cautious purchasing products containing hard-cooked eggs.
- Nest Collective Voluntarily Recalls Select Revolution Foods Jammy Sammy – Strawberry Jam & Peanut Butter Snack Size Sandwich Bars Due to a Labeling Error (Undeclared Peanut on Inner Wrapper)
- California Firm Recalls Prepared Sandwiches that Contain Hard-Cooked Eggs
- Greencore, USA – Cincinnati, Recalls Egg Salad Sandwiches with Brand Name Quick Cafe and Take Away Cafe because of Possible Health Risk
- Allison’™s Gourmet Kitchens Recalls Prepared Salads that Contain Hard Cooked Eggs Due to Potential Health Risk
- Wegmans Recalls Various Prepared Foods That Contain Hard-Cooked Eggs Produced by Michael Foods
- S&M USA Enterprise Issues an Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Zhang Zhou Brand Tremella
- W & C International Import Inc. Issues An Alert On Un-Eviscerated “Rely” Dried Yellow Croaker
- W & C International Import Inc. Issues an Alert on Un-eviscerated Sardine Anchovies
- Michael Foods Recalls Hard-Cooked Eggs Packed In Brine Sold In 10- And 25-Pound Pails Because Of Possible Health Risk
- President Global Corporation Announces Bin-Bin Snow Rice Crackers and Bin-Bin Rice Crackers Recall For Undeclared Egg
- Pfizer Announces Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Lo/Ovral-28 and Norgestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets Due to Possibility of Inexact Tablet Counts or Out of Sequence Tablets
- Gemini Food Corporation and Tong Enterprises Announces Bin-Bin Snow Rice Crackers and Bin-Bin Rice Crackers Recall For Undeclared Egg
- How Sweet It Is Fudge and Candy Company, East Lansing, Michigan, Allergy Alert On Undeclared Milk Allergens In Products “Peanut Butter Buckeye” and “Peanut Butter Smoothie“
- Vitaflo USA Announces Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Renastart 14.11 oz (400g) Cans Batch Number 12832 Due to Possible Health Risk
- Walgreen Co. Voluntarily Recalls Certain Lots of 13 Oz. Chocolate-Covered Raisins As Product May Contain Peanuts, Almonds, Soy Due to Packaging Error
- Johnson & Johnson Voluntarily Recalls AVEENO BABY CALMING COMFORT LOTION
- New Jersey Firm Recalls Cobb and Spinach Salads Due to Possible Listeria Contamination
- Texas Firm Recalls Cobb Salads Due To Possible Listeria Contamination
- Ohio Firm Recalls Salads Due to Possible Listeria Contamination
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