Safety Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Neurologic Damage

    Neurologic Damage

    For years, those who work with newborns have noticed neurologic abnormalities in babies who were exposed to cocaine while in the uterus. These babies appeared to be stiffer and more jittery than their peers. A surprising study published in the July 2000 issue of Pediatrics sheds new light on this issue.

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  • Allergic to Mosquitoes?

    Allergic to Mosquitoes?

    Mosquitoes are a nuisance to many of us, but far more so to those who are allergic to their bites. Avoiding mosquito bites is best, but a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology is good news for mosquito-sensitive children (and adults).

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  • Car Seat Safety

    Car Seat Safety

    Parents and children alike look forward to four years and forty pounds when they no longer have to hassle with car seats. Even though experts (including me) recommend not using regular seat belts until about age nine, the overwhelming majority of pre-school and school-age kids ride in restraints designed for adults.

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  • Safe Levels of Pesticide Exposure

    Safe Levels of Pesticide Exposure

    154 pounds! This is an average person’s weight often used for calculating safe levels of exposure to different chemicals. This may be fine for adults, but is unconscionable to use it when setting policy for children. Children are even more at risk because of their maturing organ systems. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) currently has […]

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  • Pesticide Use and Children

    Pesticide Use and Children

    Current federal government regulations on pesticides may not adequately protect children. A report released in April 2000 by Congress’ investigative arm raised the concern that the current Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards do not account for children being more vulnerable than adults at the same level of pesticide exposure.

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  • The Dangers of Guns

    The Dangers of Guns

    More than 8 million children in the United States live in homes with at least one unlocked gun, according to the April 2000 issue of the American Journal of Public Health. Over 2.5 million of these children live where firearms are stored unlocked and loaded, or unlocked and unloaded but with ammunition kept nearby. More […]

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  • Driving and Teens

    Driving and Teens

    Teenage driving is a dangerous proposition, with fatal collisions the leading cause of death in 15-19 year olds. But getting teens together in a car multiplies the risk. According to a report in the March 22/29th, 2000 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, if a 16-year-old driver brings along a friend the […]

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  • Is Your Child Unrestrained?

    Is Your Child Unrestrained?

    Most of us would now look with horror if we saw a car speeding down the highway with an unrestrained baby crawling about. Thankfully, infant car seats have become the standard. But what about 4-year-olds?

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  • Effects of Alcohol and Pregnancy

    Effects of Alcohol and Pregnancy

    The first trimester of pregnancy can be a vulnerable time. Some medicines taken during that period can have catastrophic effects on the baby. The third trimester is generally safer. Evidence published in the February 11, 2000 issue of Science suggests that drinking alcohol even once during the third trimester can permanently damage the brain of […]

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  • Baseball Technology Reduces Injuries

    Baseball Technology Reduces Injuries

    The biggest safety concern in baseball is getting hit with the ball. Traditional hardballs have cork centers that are wrapped in layers of wool. Safety baseballs have a polyurethane core and are the same size and weight as regular hardballs. Tests show that they have the same ‘ bounce’. But safety baseballs cause far less […]

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