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Reader Question: Cleaning Products at School
Reader Question: Cleaning Products at School

Reader Submitted Question:  I believe my daughter has been chemically poisoned at her school from cleaners they were using. Doctors are trying to diagnose her with ulcerative colitis and won’t listen to anything I say.  Do you know of anywhere in Iowa I could take her where she could get the proper care and diagnosis? […]

Up in Smoke? Health Impacts from Wood Burning
Up in Smoke?  Health Impacts from Wood Burning

The health impacts of wood burning have received increased attention from the scientific community in recent years.  The recent research activity has focused on the role of wood burning in air pollution, its potential health effects and measures to control the negative impacts.  Wood burning is used in a variety of settings including homes, schools […]

Halloween Safety Tips for Parents
Halloween Safety Tips for Parents

  Super heroes, monsters, and princesses…oh my!  Halloween is fast approaching and is often a favorite holiday for kids.  You dress up and get lots of candy for free; what’s not to like!  However, Halloween can present some safety concerns for parents.  Make your Halloween safe and happy by following these safety tips.   Chemical […]

Death my Misprint? Choose your news carefully
Death my Misprint? Choose your news carefully

  The famous Mark Twain once said, “Be careful of reading health books, you may die from a misprint.” The same may be said of reading health information on the Internet. While parents regularly call Poison Control about things that surely seem poisonous, like medicine or bleach, with a more dubious item, like cigarette butts […]

Reader Question – BPA in receipt paper?
Reader Question -  BPA in receipt paper?

  Reader Question: We are a paper converting/slitting company, we slit reels of thermal coated paper into till and credit card rolls. Does thermal coated paper contain BPA or Bisphenol, and if so will the rolls be harmful in any way? Is it a problem if food outlets use this for receipts? CC, Pretoria, South […]

Kids + Chemical Safety talks fluoride on the radio!
Kids + Chemical Safety talks fluoride on the radio!

    Dr. Michael Dourson, a Kids+Chemical Safety expert with Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment, will be doing a live radio interview at 5:40pm ET on Wednesday, September 18, 2103 on station 1470 AM, WMGG (in the Tamp Bay, FL area) as part of their Health, Wealth & Wisdom daily radio show.  The segment will […]

BPA Exposure and Obesity in Children
BPA Exposure and Obesity in Children

  BPA Exposure and Obesity in Children:  Just a Correlation? In a recent article, Eng et al. (2013) found that higher levels of bisphenol A (BPA) were associated with several measures of obesity in children.   Specifically, children exposed to higher levels of bisphenol A had increased odds of having a body mass index (BMI) in […]

Reader Question: Milk from a bottle?
Reader Question: Milk from a bottle?

    Reader Submitted Question:  My daughter is 8 yrs old and she still drinks milk from a bottle. I used to give her dairy milk (buffalo and cows). Is it harmful to her health to feed milk by a bottle? Or is it okay? Because she loves to drink milk by a bottle more […]

Sunscreen – New Rules for Sun Protection
Sunscreen - New Rules for Sun Protection

    Sunscreens are lotions, sprays, and other topical products used to protect the skin from damage due to sun exposure. Sunscreens work at the skin surface by absorbing, reflecting or scattering ultraviolet (UV) radiation, thereby preventing the harmful radiation from reaching the skin.  Sunscreens may contain UV-absorbing chemical ingredients (such as oxybenzone) or UV-scattering […]

Baby You’re a Firework…Tips for a Safe 4th of July
Baby You’re a Firework…Tips for a Safe 4th of July

  It is almost that time in the middle of summer when we gather with family and friends and celebrate our Nations Independence. Most kids find fireworks fascinating and want to be a part of the show.  Most parents realize that kids should not handle fireworks. Are sparklers safe for my child? Maybe!  The heat […]

Reader Question: Safe Level of Toxic Substance?
Reader Question: Safe Level of Toxic Substance?

    READER SUBMITTED QUESTION: When there are serious side effects shown and proven over and over again at  only one part per million how can we say that 4 parts per million is a safe level of poison in our water which is used in everything? RESPONSE: Few chemicals have demonstrated toxicity at ppm […]

Reader Question: Flame Resistant Pajamas?
Reader Question: Flame Resistant Pajamas?

    Reader Submitted Question:  I just bought polyester flame resistant pajamas because my daughter is in an in-between size stage. The doctor’s office said she either needs to wear the flame resistant or tight fitting cotton non-flame resistant. The issue is that there isn’t a current cotton size that would comfortably be snug on […]

Spring cleaning – hazardous household materials
Spring cleaning – hazardous household materials

    Spring cleaning – hazardous household materials While spring cleaning, you may discover you need to dispose of some leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients that are considered to be household hazardous materials or waste. These products include old lawn/pool chemicals, cleaners, paints, antifreeze, batteries, pesticides, and gasoline/motor oil. […]

BPA and Plastics – What you need to know
BPA and Plastics - What you need to know

  What is Bisphenol A and where is it found? Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, is used in the manufacture of hard plastics and epoxy resins1. There are a variety of familiar products which use materials containing this substance, including: toys, hard plastic food and beverage containers, thermal receipts, dental materials, cigarette filters, and […]

What is springing up in your neighborhood?
What is springing up in your neighborhood?

Here in Cincinnati as spring hits the air, calls will flood in about plant exposures, ranging from the curious toddler snacking on petals to animals devouring entire plants. So, what’s in bloom this time of year in Cincinnati, Ohio? – Bulbs, bulbs, and more bulbs! Fortunately, most accidental exposures to plants among young children involve […]

Flame Retardants: Benefits and Risks
Flame Retardants: Benefits and Risks

You may have heard or read about flame retardants in the news.  Some are concerned that exposure to flame retardants may cause unwanted health effects, with children being at greater risk.  On the other hand, proponents believe the chemicals are very effective at preventing fires and fire-related injuries and deaths.  Read below to find out […]

Reader Question: Arsenic in Rice Cereal?
Reader Question: Arsenic in Rice Cereal?

  Question: A friend of mine told me her Doctor said not to give her baby rice cereal because there may be arsenic in it. I have been giving my baby rice cereal. Is it safe to continue feeding rice cereal to my baby of 4 1/2 months? – LK, Cincinnati, OH Response: Elemental arsenic […]

Reader Question: Fumes from Toy
Reader Question: Fumes from Toy

Question: I purchased a collector ed. Middleton doll named Pansy from Shopatron on 1216/12.  It  arrived with a noxious fume coming from it as soon as we opened the box.  I decided to wash the clothes, shoes, socks, hair, face, arms, and legs.  The odor is still coming out.  Shopatron referred my concerns to the […]

Reader Submitted Question: Lead in toys?
Reader Submitted Question: Lead in toys?

Question: Does the toy, My 1st Teach Time Gift Set made in Shenzhen, China and distributed by Big Lots, Columbus, OH contain lead? – YD, Pheonix, Arizona Response: Thanks for the question! Our scientists could not find any readily available information that would allow us to make a determination about the lead content of your […]

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 […]

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 […]