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 reads we’ve come across in our internet travels.
In the News:
Baby Death From Shopping Cart Accident Serves as Warning - Very tragic. Please, please, please don’t ever place your child in a car seat on top of a grocery cart.
Some Pediatricians Refuse to Treat Unvaccinated Children – Some pediatricians, mine included, are now dropping families from their practice whose children are not vaccinated over concerns that it puts other children at risk. The AAP’s stance, however, encourages educational efforts first.
Illness, Deaths From Listeria-Tainted Cantaloupes Expected to Rise - Recent illnesses and deaths have made the latest listeria outbreak the deadliest food outbreak in the U.S. in decades. The CDC expects more to come because the incubation period for listeria is up to a month or longer. Do not eat cantaloupe unless you know where it’s from. Be especially careful for those with compromised immune systems, including pregnant women.
Junk Food Really Cheaper? - Debunking the myth that junk food is cheaper than real food. Interesting research cited on how eating junk food leads to a craving for more.
Babies Can Hear Your Voice & Emotions While They Sleep
In a study of babies, aged three to seven months, researchers monitored the brain patterns of the babies while they slept. When they heard human voices making happy, sad, or neutral sounds, their brains showed patterns similar to how adults respond to the same emotional input when awake.
Early To Sleep, Early To Rise Lowers Obesity Risk For Kids
A study of children’s sleep habits in Australia found that despite getting the same amount of sleep each night, those who stayed up later and slept in later were more likely to be obese. In the sleep study, those who woke up early exercised 27 minutes more and watched 48 minutes less of TV than their late rising counterparts. Good reason to start early in forming good habits with our little ones.
Pools, Play-in Fountains Spread Diarrheal Disease
The CDC reports 134 disease outbreaks associated with recreational water in 2007-2008, a 72% increase from the previous report and largest number ever reported in a 2-year period. Cryptosporidium was the most common culprit, a bacteria that is fairly resistant to chlorine, and the highest risk places for contracting this bacteria are public sprinklers and fountains which often use recirculated water.
How to Get Kids to Eat Healthy Foods
In a study aimed at making school lunchrooms healthier, Cornell University researchers found that putting fruit in a colorful bowl more than doubles fruit sales in schools. The researchers also suggest other changes including smaller cereal bowls, moving chocolate milk behind plain milk, and an express lane for those who choose healthy foods.
International Walk to School Day, Every Day from HuffingtonPost - One mother’s example why we should let go of our fears and take action, if necessary, to provide our children with a safe, positive school environment.
Recalls, September 28 – October 3:
CPSC Child Product Recalls
- Shermag Recalls to Repair Drop-Side Cribs Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards
- Musical Wooden Table Toys Recalled by Battat Due to Choking Hazard
- LM Import & Export Recalls Toy Cars Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
- Little Tikes Expands Recall of Toy Workshop and Tool Sets Due to Choking Hazard
Child Safety Seat Recalls
No child safety seat recall announcements this week.
- Thorntons Recalls Garden Salad and Chef Salad Because of Possible Health Risk
- Kraft Foods Voluntarily Recalls Three Varieties of Velveeta Shells & Cheese Microwaveable Cups With Limited “Best When Used By” Dates
- Jensen Farms Includes IN, LA, and WI in Cantaloupe Recall Notification
- True Leaf Farms Announces Voluntary Recall of Bagged, Chopped Romaine
- True Leaf Farms Expands Voluntary Recall of Bagged, Chopped Romaine
- Andrew Williamson Fresh Produce Announces Precautionary Recall of Organic Grape Tomatoes Due to Possible Health Risk
- Andrew Williamson Fresh Produce Expands Possible Distribution Area of Voluntary Organic Grape Tomato Recall Recall Still Confined to Original Production Lot
- Publix Recalls Spinach Dip Due To Possible Health Risk
- Ohio Firm Recalls Chef Salads Containing Meat and Poultry Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination
- California Firm Recalls Beef Products Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination
- Kansas Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination
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Jasmine & Heather