Posts Tagged ‘danger’

Recall: Toy wind chimes, several models

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

tiny-love-wind-chimeThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of 600,000 wind chime toys made by Tiny Love. The toy can be pulled apart, exposing sharp metal rods. These rods can cut or puncture a baby’s skin or eyes. For more information, read the CPSC statement.

Several types of wind chimes have been recalled. The picture shown here is one of them.

National Flu Vaccination Week: It’s not too late to get your shots

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

flu-vac-week-2010Most pregnant women should be sure to get two flu shots this year: one for regular seasonal flu and one for the new H1N1 flu (also called swine flu). It’s not too late. Most health care providers now have plenty of vaccine.

Flu season isn’t over yet, so don’t wait. Flu can be very serious for pregnant women and the babies they are carrying. High fever is especially dangerous for a developing fetus. So get your shots right away.

And if you’re already a mom, check with your child’s health care provider. Most children should be vaccinated against seasonal and H1N1 flu.

For more info, watch the March of Dimes video on flu and pregnancy.

New study: Herbal products during pregnancy

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Have you taken any herbal products during your pregnancy? Are you tempted to do so? A new national study has found that about 1 out of every 10 women takes some type of herbal product while pregnant.

In the study, ginger was one of the most commonly reported products taken early in pregnancy (probably for nausea). Among some women, herbal teas, including chamomile, were popular throughout pregnancy.

It’s good to remember that there can be safety issues with herbal products. In many cases, we don’t know if they work or if they’re safe for women during pregnancy. Also, manufacturing standards for herbals are weak so they can sometimes contain dangerous ingredients.

The best rule of thumb is to ask your health care provider before taking any herbal product while you’re pregnant.

To learn more, read the March of Dimes article about drugs and herbals during pregnancy. The new study “Herbal Use Before and During Pregnancy” was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Dorel car seats/carriers recalled

Monday, December 21st, 2009

dorel-carrierOver 400,000 Dorel car seats/carriers have been recalled because the child-restraint handle can loosen and come off. As a result, the infant may fall.

A repair kit is available. The handle of the seat/carrier should not be used until it has been repaired.

The car seats/carriers have been sold by Costco, Eddie Bauer, Disney and others.

For more about the recall, see the news release from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Molly and Betsy cribs recalled

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)  has announced the recall of Molly and Betsy cribs made by LaJobi, Inc. The cribs have cut-outs in the end panels that can allow young children to get their heads trapped. This poses a strangulation risk.

This recall was first announced in 2001, but some of the cribs remain in use. For more information, visit the CPSC Web site.

Cell phones and driving: Dangerous for you and baby

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

OK, I’m guilty and you may be, too.  Chattering away or texting on our cell phones while we drive, hands-free or otherwise.cell-phone-thumb1

Did you know that cell phones account for 636,000 car accidents a year? 330,000 minor injuries. 12,000 serious injuries. And 2,600 deaths. That’s what the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis has learned.

And  hands-free devices don’t improve safety while driving, according to researchers at the University of Utah.

When you’re on a call or texting, your thoughts aren’t on driving; they’re somewhere else. And that’s what’s dangerous.

Because of the risks, some companies have already told their employees: Don’t use a cell phone while driving.

The National Safety Council has called for a nationwide ban on cell phone use while driving. So be ahead of the curve, for yourself and your family. Don’t use a cell phone when you drive.