A recent study published in the journal Birth Defects Research has discovered that common cleaning products used in homes, hotels, and hospitals may lead to birth defects. The study was conducted on mice, and revealed that the animals didn’t even need to have direct contact with the chemicals. Just being in the same room as the disinfectants led to increased birth defect rates. [Read more…]
Major retailer Target is recalling more than half a million Easter toys due to risks that children can eat the toys, which ingestion can cause intestinal obstructions, severe discomfort, vomiting, dehydration, and can even be life-threatening. A “Fast Track Recall” was issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday for 560,000 water-absorbent Hatch and Grow Easter Eggs, Easter Grow Toys and Hatch Your Own Dino that are sold at Target for a dollar each. [Read more…]
A new study from the Children’s Environmental Health Network (“CEHN”) Healthy Kids Initiative testing 69 pregnant women, reveals that exposure to the widely-used herbicide known as glyphosate accumulates in pregnant women and leads to unfavorable birth outcomes.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning of the potential health risks to infants and children of certain homeopathic teething remedies. The ongoing FDA investigation involves homeopathic teething tablets and gels sold at large chain pharmacies and other retail stores that are used to treat teething pain. At least 10 infant deaths have been linked to these remedies, in addition to reports from the parents of more than 400 children who have developed serious illnesses. [Read more…]
Major toymakers have been accused of permitting third-party vendors, including marketing and advertising companies, to track the online activities of children on their websites. Viacom Inc.; Mattel Inc., Hasbro Inc.; and JumpStart Games Inc. have been charged with violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). These toymakers will pay a combined fine of $835,000 for their wrongdoing. [Read more…]
A study by various pediatric clinics located in New York, Atlanta, and California has discovered that the majority of parents unknowingly provide their children with the wrong dosage of liquid medication. This is occurring in part because despite pediatric medicines including a measuring tool with related instructions, often the units on the label – milliliters, mL, teaspoon, tsp., tablespoon – differ from what’s on the tools themselves. [Read more…]
As reported by the Washington Post and other local media, the presence of potentially fatal Pseudomonas bacteria in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Prince George’s County Hospital Center was uncovered in the wake of the deaths of two infants. While the facts relating to the cause of those deaths are unclear, the hospital has closed the NICU and is relocating the remaining patients. [Read more…]
Swedish retailer Ikea is recalling 29 million chests and dressers in the United States and Canada after the death of six children linked to a severe furniture tip-over hazard when the pieces are not properly secured. All of the children killed were 3 years old or younger. [Read more…]
Britax has announced a recall relating to a safety defect in certain infant car seat models. The defect exists within the carry handle on the seats, and parents with Britax infant seats are urged to visit Britax’s infant car seat repair kit web page to check if they own an affected model, and if so to obtain a remedy kit as soon as possible.