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:
Serious Head Injuries to Infants Continue Due to Falls from Bumbo Baby Seats Used on Elevated Surfaces - Infants aged 3-10 months old have fallen out of the Bumbo seat and suffered skull fractures and other injuries. At least 45 incidents from elevated surfaces have occurred since the recall of the seat in October 2007, when warnings were added to the seat. At least 50 other incidents have been reported in which children fell out of the chair on the floor or an unknown elevation onto hard flooring. Please use these chairs with caution.
The 8 Germiest Places in the Mall – Ewwww. Just ewwww. I must say a couple of these surprised me. While highlighting germy hot spots, the article does also provide some practical tips.
Consumer Interest Group Releases Annual Hazardous Toys Report - The U.S. Public Interest Group has released its 26th annual “Trouble in Toyland” report, in which it highlights toys on store shelves that contain potentially toxic chemicals or contain choking, strangulation, or noise hazards. The group has created an interactive site, www.toysafety.mobi, where you can find information about the toys you are shopping for. The site can be accessed by smartphones, so you can have this information at your fingertips!
C-section Delivery Linked to Higher Risk of Childhood Asthma
In the largest study yet on the topic, Norwegian researchers examined asthma risk in more than 37,000 children. The researchers found that, even after accounting for other risk factors and protective factors such as duration of breastfeeding, children born via C-section were more likely to have asthma during their first three years. While the results are consistent with earlier studies, the reasoning is still not clear. Researchers believe that children born via C-section may miss exposure to important immune challenges compared to children born via the birth canal.
Canned Soup Raises BPA Levels Significantly
While we all know that soup cans are lined with BPA, a new study published this week was the first to measure the amount of BPA ingested from canned food. The participants in the study consumed a single serving of canned soup daily for a week, and their blood levels at the end of the week showed a 1221% increase in BPA levels, from approx 2 micrograms per liter to over 20. While the increase is likely temporary and will go down after a few days, we don’t know the health effects of transient increases in BPA such as this.
Delay in Clamping the Umbilical Cord has Benefits Months Later
A study published this month found that waiting three minutes or more to clamp a newborn’s umbilical cord can reduce the prevalence of iron deficiency later on. Swedish researchers studied 334 infants, statistically identical, assigning half to be clamped at 10 seconds and the other half after 3 minutes. There was no significant difference at 2 days after birth, but at 4 months iron concentrations of infants in the delayed clamping group were 45 percent higher. The study is one of the largest randomized trials on delayed cord clamping and the first to assess iron status beyond the newborn stage.
Letting the Green Guilt Go from Canada.com - It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with so much information at our fingertips and still so many more questions about what truly is safe. I agree with the author that it helps to be flexible. Do what you can, little by little. Be happy with the healthy choices you’ve made so far, and continue to drive change with your pocketbooks. Little by little, you are doing the best that you can.
Recalls, November 22 – November 30:
CPSC Child Product Recalls
No child product recall announcements this week.
Child Safety Seat Recalls
No child safety seat recall announcements this week.
- Diamond Crystal Brands Inc. Announces a Nationwide Recall for GFS Sugar Canisters Due to Undeclared Milk
- Rio Grande Imports Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undecared Dairy in Semita de Piña (Pineapple Jam Filled Pastry)
- Caribbean Rum Balls Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Allergens In “Rum Balls”
- King And Prince Seafood Corp. Issues Voluntary Recall Notice On Nova Style Cold Smoked Salmon And Sable Fish Lox, Salmon Sushi Fillets, And Salmon Trim Because Of Possible Health Risk
- Four Star Import & Distribution Inc Issues An Alert On Uneviscerated Fish
- Maxipan Bakery Corp Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Milk Allergens In “Semita De Pina” (Sweet Pineapple Cake)
- Ocean Spray Voluntarily Recalls Limited Quantity of Original Flavor Craisins Dried Cranberries and Bulk Dried Cranberries Sales
- Trans-Ocean Products Recalls “transOCEAN Wild Alaska Sockeye Smoked Salmon” Lot No 1280W & 1293W Because of Possible Health Risks
- Gaint Eagle Voluntarily Recalls Valu Time and Food Club brand Canned Pumpkin - Reason for recall was not disclosed other than quality standards not met, but consumers should not consume this product.
- New York Firm Recalls Stuffed Chicken Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens
- California Firm Recalls British Style Banger Sausages Due To Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen
- California Firm Recalls Chicken Sausages Due To Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen
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Jasmine & Heather