Archive for December, 2012
Helpful Hints to Keep Your Holiday Home Hazard Free
Helpful Hints to Keep Your Holiday Home Hazard Free

Did you know that in the two months around the Holiday season each year there are over 14,000 visits to emergency rooms due to injuries related to Holiday decorating?1 It’s true. Christmas tree fires account for hundreds of fires, an average of 15 deaths, and $13 million in property damage each year. Candle-related fires top […]

Warning! Home Heating and Carbon Monoxide
Warning!  Home Heating and Carbon Monoxide

As the weather cools and folks start to warm their homes, parents need to take care about a potential carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.  Symptoms of CO poisoning include vomiting, dizziness, headache and confusion. Serious symptoms such as  loss of consciousness, permanent neurological impairment and even death can occur. Anyone who suspects CO poisoning should call […]

Harmful Toys – The Physical Risks
Harmful Toys - The Physical Risks

How can we be sure that the toys we buy for our children are safe?  What sorts of guidelines can we use to minimize risks?  The following article will discuss a few current products that could be present a risk of more than minor harm and provide some guidance on minimizing the risk of harm […]

Sorting Through Conflicting Information—Peer Review
Sorting Through Conflicting Information---Peer Review

For many health topics we read dueling headlines with contradictory advice, like “eat more fish” and “avoid eating fish.”  How can parents sort through this conflicting advice to decide which one to trust? One thing to look for is whether the advice is based upon work that has undergone a “peer review.” Peer review is […]

Lead in Paint & Old Houses – Risks to Kids
Lead in Paint & Old Houses - Risks to Kids

MGR, in Cincinnati, OH asks… Question:  My family and I live in an old house with peeling paint on the exterior. I have a 2 year old and a 6 year old. I’ve tested the pain and it contains lead. There is also lead in the dirt at the base the walls. I do not […]

Chemical Risks in Children’s Toys?
Chemical Risks in Children’s Toys?

Playing with toys is fun!  And toys are an integral part of child development, from increasing coordination to fostering imagination and social skills. Traditional toys are designed for children about 14 years of age or less and include a large spectrum of items ranging from mouthing objects for infants, to arts and crafts, to play […]