We hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend!
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 finds we’ve come across in our internet travels.
In the News:
Mead Johnson Retests Samples of Enfamil and Reaffirms Safety - The company completed a second round of testing on samples of its Enfamil Newborn formula from the batch under recall. The tests showed no signs of the bacteria, but tests results from federal health officials will not be in until later this week. Check enfamilalerts.com or our sidebar for updates.
Two Strengths of Infant Acetaminophen Boost Confusion, Risk - Old and new infant formulations are currently on shelves with some even mislabeled. Be sure to check the concentration and dosage amounts, particularly for infants under 2.
EPA Issues Historic Regulations on Air Pollution - New rules issued this week by the EPA, overdue by about 20 years, will dramatically reduce mercury levels as well as other toxins from coal power plants, resulting in a significant reduction in premature births, childhood asthma, bronchitis, and other related illnesses, the EPA estimates.
Retailer Blames China Suppliers as More Jewelry Recalled- Health Canada’s recall blitz this week caught jewelry imported from China with levels of lead up to 86% and cadmium up to 46%.
Studies Suggest an Acetaminophen-Asthma Link
Evidence is mounting of a possible link between acetaminophen use in infants and the development of childhood asthma. One study in 2008 found that children under 1 who had taken acetaminophen for a fever had a 50% greater risk of developing asthma symptoms. A single dose can reduce the body’s levels of a peptide that helps prevent inflammation in the airways. Yet, researchers still say it is difficult to determine whether the acetaminophen or the infection are to blame. The doctor quoted in the article suggests reserving acetaminophen only for very high fevers and major pain relief.
How Toddlers Hear Themselves
Ever wonder why toddlers can’t seem to pronounce certain words just right? 2 year olds do not listen to themselves and self-correct like adults do. They focus on the content of what they are saying rather than how they say it, which is why when you repeat back to a child what you think they said (pronounced correctly) they will say “yes”. Starting around age 3, children begin to develop the ability to repair conversations. Be a good speech model and focus on what your children are saying rather than correcting how they say it.
Riley on Marketing from YouTube - One little girl expresses her frustration at gender-biased marketing. High five!
Recalls, December 20 – December 26:
CPSC Child Product Recalls
- Petit Lem Children’s Pajamas Recalled Due to Violation of Federal Flammability Standard
- Children’s Robes Recalled by Hanna Andersson Due to Violation of the Federal Flammability Standard
- Build-A-Bear Recalls Colorful Hearts Teddy Bears Due to Choking Hazard
- Bugaboo Car Seat Adapter Recalled Due to Fall Hazard
- Bugaboo Bee Strollers Recalled by Bugaboo Americas Due to Fall Hazard
- Target Recalls Circo Childrens’ Travel Cases Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
Child Safety Seat Recalls
No child safety seat recall announcements this week.
- Maribel Sweet’s Inc. Recalls Their New York Handbag Collection Gourmet Chocolate Candies Due To Undeclared Tree Nuts And Peanuts
- Price Chopper Supermarkets Issues Voluntary Cheesecake Recall
- Sirocco Enterprises, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Soy And Wheat In Pat O’Brien’™s Bloody Mary Cocktail Mix
- Green Valley Food Corp. ‘™s Grow Healthy Together! Alfalfa Sprouts 5 oz. containers because of a possible health risk.
- Green Valley Food Corp. is Expanding Its Recall to Include The Following Items Because of a Possible Health Risk.
- Eillien’s Candies, Inc. Issues a Voluntary Recall of Select Candy Items Due to Possible Health Risk.
- McNeil Recall of Motrin IB Tablets and Caplets
- Market Basket Initiates Limited Regional Voluntary Recall of Market Basket Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water 5 oz. Product Due to Undeclared Allergen
- Starwest Botanicals Recalls Starwest Organic Celery Seed. Due to Potential Salmonella Contamination
- Cal Fresco, LLC Recalls Jalapeño and Serrano Chili Peppers Due to Possible Health Risk
- Popcorn Palace Issues Allergy Alert on 1-Gallon Value Bag Products
- Undeclared Milk In Gollo Brand “Pan Dominicano (Dominican Bread)”
- Kradjian Imp Co. Recalls Cedar Brand Tresse Cheese and Cedar Brand Shinglish Cheese Because of Possible Health Risk
- Avon Heights Mushrooms, Inc. Recalls Fresh Spinach Because of Possible Health Risk
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Jasmine & Heather