Safety Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • New Regulations for Phthalates in Toys

    New Regulations for Phthalates in Toys

    Parents in California had more cause for celebration this New Year’s Day as we welcomed a new regulation that keeps our kids safer. In California now, the toys and products we buy for our children cannot contain excessive levels of phthalates, no matter when or where they were manufactured.

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  • Chemicals in Your Environment

    Chemicals in Your Environment

    Parents are often surprised when I tell them that a great number of the products we use in our homes are not necessarily evaluated and declared safe by a government entity. The paints that cover your walls, the stain-resistant fabric that covers your furniture, the very carpet under your feet… these things can contain toxic […]

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  • Dr. Greene’s Buying Guide for Christmas Toys

    Dr. Greene’s Buying Guide for Christmas Toys

    I have wonderful news about toys! The exciting, groundbreaking CPSC reform act, overwhelmingly approved by both the Senate and the House this summer, starts the countdown toward safer toys for your children. This act bans lead and toxic phthalates in children’s toys and requires third-party safety certification before toys go on the market. Plus, you’ll […]

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  • Dr. Greene’s Buying Guide for Holiday Toys

    Dr. Greene’s Buying Guide for Holiday Toys

    I have wonderful news about toys! The exciting, groundbreaking CPSC reform act, overwhelmingly approved by both the Senate and the House this summer, starts the countdown toward safer toys for your children. This act bans lead and toxic phthalates in children’s toys and requires third-party safety certification before toys go on the market. Plus, you’ll […]

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  • Wash Hands after Hanging Christmas Lights

    Wash Hands after Hanging Christmas Lights

    With all of the news about finding lead in toys, one possible lead source that hasn’t gotten much attention is the lead found in strands of holiday lights. Throughout the year, many of us keep our festive lights in a box, waiting for the holiday season. The lights we pull out when we decorate our […]

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  • BPA and the AAP

    BPA and the AAP

    Like other pediatricians across the United States, today I received an E-Breaking News Alert from the American Academy of Pediatrics concerning news about bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used in many hard plastic products (including baby bottles and sippy cups) and in the lining of many metal cans (including cans of infant or toddler formula).

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  • BPA: Clearing Through the Clutter

    BPA: Clearing Through the Clutter

    There is an intense ongoing debate about the safety of bisphenol –A, or BPA, an ingredient found in many plastic products including many baby bottles and reusable water bottles. BPA acts like a hormone in the human body. More than 90 percent of us do have small amounts of BPA in our bodies.

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  • Eco-Friendly Baby

    Eco-Friendly Baby

    I pulled this ParentsTV video out of the vault of oldies, but goodies. In it, host Juli Auclare asks, “What parent doesn’t love making choices that are not only healthy for their kids, but safe for the environment, too?” That’s the premise of Dr. Greene’s book, Raising Baby Green.

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  • Lead, Synthetic Turf Fields, and False Reassurance

    Lead, Synthetic Turf Fields, and False Reassurance

    The CDC issued an advisory on June 18, 2008, alerting consumers about the danger to children from lead on some (not all) synthetic turf fields – especially for young children on older fields with visible wear or dust. This advisory is still in effect. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) speedily conducted their own evaluation […]

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  • Artificial Turfs May Contain Lead

    Artificial Turfs May Contain Lead

    Clothes worn on the field should be taken off and turned inside out as soon as possible after using the field to avoid tracking contaminated dust to other places. In vehicles, people can sit on a large towel or blanket if it is not feasible to remove their clothes. These clothes, towels, and blankets should […]

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