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Beware the Tailpipe

Posted by Elisa Taub
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You may not have realized it, but the exhaust pipe of your car or truck presents a hidden danger to your child even when the engine is off. This danger is even greater with today’s popular SUV’s, where the tailpipe is lifted off the ground to the perfect height for investigation by curious children. But the hazard is also present with low riding vehicles.

We learned this lesson the hard way when my daughter was three years old. We had just returned from a trip to the grocery store. I was holding her hand as I lead her toward the house, but as we came around the back of the car, she casually reached out her free hand and brushed it against the tail pipe. It happened so fast, I couldn’t pull her hand back to safety in time. And in that one instant, she badly burned the surface of all her fingers and was screaming out in pain. 

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Hot, Hot, Hot

Posted by Elisa Taub
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Today's momready may seem like a no-brainer to you, but each year thousands of children are sent to the emergency room burned by hot liquids. It doesn't hurt to be reminded of the common household dangers we take for granted each day.

I still remember when my husband called to inform me that the 20-month old son of our close friends was in the hospital suffering from burn injuries. 

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Toiletry Kit Dangers

Posted by Elisa Taub
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The holiday season is a time for travel… and with it I offer this word of caution. Beware of the toiletry kit.

What dangerous items can be found in a toiletry kit you ask? A razor for one. Left in your makeup or toiletry bag on the bathroom counter (at a perfect height for curious kids) or on the ledge of the shower, a real danger exists. I learned this lesson the hard way myself this summer at family when my eight year old, looking for something to cut a string with, thought she would be clever and use my razor. As she slipped off it’s protective cover she also sliced open her finger… luckily no stitches needed, but a lot of blood and quite a scare for us and her. 

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Record Your Own

Posted by Elisa Taub
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My friend relayed the story to me in horror, of how an old family friend of ours went away for the weekend and when she returned her house had burned down. Burned to the ground, everything gone. Everything. It was an electrical fire. Freak accident, nothing could be done. Just be thankful no one was hurt.

Like me, I'm sure each time you hear a story like this you swear to take the necessary steps to protect your assets in the event something like this ever happens to you... and then you never do it. But this time the story was a little too close to home, so I gathered up my video camera and starting shooting everything I owned. 

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Total Recall

Posted by Elisa Taub
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We've all seen stories in the media about a child choking on a small piece of a toy, or injured by a product not up to industry standards. If it's a toy or product you own, you immediately dispose of the item. Problem solved, right? But why wait until you see it on the evening news -- if you see it on the news.

Instead, make sure you are up to date on all juvenile product recalls by signing up for the US Consumer Product Safety Commission's email subscription list. UCPC's website allows you to sign up specifically for child related recalls by checking the box for "Only those recalls involving infant/child products". This way each time the CPSC recalls a child product you will be immediately notified. 

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Happy 4th of July!

Posted by Elisa Taub
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Today is a day of celebrating our freedom! Traditionally, some of us do this by barbecuing, swimming, and watching fireworks. Although there is much fun to be had by all, today is also a day when every parent's "child radar" needs to be turned up a notch.

Swimming is great fun but don't assume some other parent is watching the kids in the pool. "I thought you were watching them" is not a phrase any parent wants to hear. 

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Lunchbox Alternatives

Posted by Elisa Taub
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Last summer the media was buzzing with the news that some vinyl lunchboxes posed a lead contamination threat. These tainted lunchboxes left a trace of lead on the user's hands which they transferred onto their food and therefore into their bodies.

Lead exposure has been proven to cause developmental problems in young children. Outraged parents and environmental groups across the nation demanded further testing and quickly threw out millions of vinyl lunchboxes. 

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September Is Child Safety Month

Posted by Elisa Taub
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We couldn't let this month go by without acknowledging that September is Child Safety Month. Although most of us are pretty vigilant about keeping abreast of the latest safety features available, here are a few momready tips you may not have thought of.

CAR SAFETY:

Did you know that in some states the law requires a child to be in a booster seat until they are 8 years old or 80 lbs? Each state has its own laws so not only do you need to check periodically for the law in your particular state, but you must also check the laws of those states you will be traveling in. To find the rules in the various states visit the link below.  

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Pill Safe

Posted by Elisa Taub
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You know those pill cases your mother or grandmother uses? The ones marked Sunday through Saturday with little sections for them to deposit their daily medications? The ones they need to use to remember to take their medication? I need to use one too.

I'm perfectly healthy mind you, but now that I'm 40-plus there are all sorts of pills I need to take -- iron, calcium, and of course my vitamins. And quite frankly I keep forgetting to take my pills. I don't know if it's old age, perimenopause or just an occupational hazard of motherhood, but I'm lucky if I remember to take my pills 3 times a week. So I decided to get myself one of those daily pill cases. 

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Faucet Safety

Posted by Elisa Taub
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As soon as toddlers can finally reach the bathroom sink, there's something new to worry about...scalding water. Although as parents we want to encourage a sense of independence in our children, we want to make sure our kids stay safe and avoid trips to the emergency room.

We've got a few suggestions to keep your toddler safe at the sink. When my kids first began to navigate the bathroom by themselves I put colored masking tape on the cold water faucet handle and told them that this was the only handle to use. I have a friend who took this a step further and actually unscrewed the hot water handle on the faucet making it inoperable. 

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