Category Archives: AAP

CPSC adopts strong standard for magnet sets

For the past two years, there has been discussion of the dangers of high-powered magnets sold as part of magnet sets such as Buckyballs. Today, September 24, 2014, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted 4-0 to ban the sale of these dangerous magnets.These magnets are small balls or cubes that connect to each other, forming different shapes through a strong magnetic bond. When these high-powered magnets are separated they are often ... Read more
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Protecting kids from lethal liquid nicotine

Traditional cigarettes are being phased out in favor of the modern e-cigarette. With this new trend however comes a new danger. Center for Disease Control (CDC) research shows that reports to poison control centers of child exposures to liquid nicotine– often colorful, flavored, and hence attractive to children – has skyrocketed in recent years. Earlier this month, Senator Bill Nelson introduced the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of ... Read more
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Support the Illinois Crib Bumper Pad Ban

Update: HR 5348(McAsey-Pihos) passed the Illinois House Consumer Protection Committee on 3/25 by a vote of 9-5.  Illinois residents can call their House of Representatives member and urge support.  Representative McAsey proposed a bill, HB5348, to ban bumper pads in Illinois earlier this winter. As many of you know, crib bumper pads provide no protection from serious injury in the crib and they have been linked to dozens of infant deaths.If this ... Read more
Posted in AAP, advocacy, Chicago, child safety, children's product safety, consumer, crib bumper pads, crib safety, cribs, cribs; safety; product safety, grandparents, illinois, infant products, juvenile products, Kids In Danger, nursery products, parents, product safety, regulation, safe sleep, SIDS | 4 Comments

Education, entertainment and more . . . for $10!

KID is proud to partner with the Healthy Children Conference + Expo! Produced by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), this one-of-a-kind event combines an in-depth education conference AND an interactive expo floor to get you up close and personal with the experts! Saturday, March 8:  10am – 6pm  ▪  Sunday, March 9:  10am – 4pmDonald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL$10 at the door  ▪  $8 in advance  ▪  Children ... Read more
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Sale of bumper pads now banned in Maryland

Maryland is the first state in the nation to propose, and put into effect, a ban on the sale of crib bumper pads. This new regulation was adopted last November by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), and came into effect on June 21, 2013. The decision to make it illegal to sell crib bumper pads came after an 18-month long, extensive investigation into the safety of bumper pads. Results of this scientific, technical and public ... Read more
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AAP strengthens advice: no bumper pads in cribs

In their efforts to create safe sleeping environments for infants, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a statement today updating their advice for parents, including opposition to the use of crib bumper pads.  In their policy statement, “SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Expansion of Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment,” The AAP details the risks of placing bumper pads in cribs.  They stress that all ... Read more
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AAP and NHTSA — new guidelines for car seats

In the April 2011 issue of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advised parents to keep their children in rear-facing car seats until age 2 or until the child reaches maximum height and weight limit for the seat. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released new child seat safety guidelines shortly after AAP's publication was released.Both AAP and NHTSA suggested parents check the maximum height and weight limit ... Read more
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New research in Pediatrics shows 26 crib-related injuries per day

A study in the March issue of Pediatrics shows that as many as 26 infants and toddlers are rushed to emergency rooms each day for injuries involving cribs, play yards or bassinets. Most of the injuries (83%) are crib related. One of the lead authors on the study was Dr. Gary Smith, KID's Best Friend Award Honoree in 2010. Much attention (rightly) has been focused on suffocation and strangulation deaths in poorly designed cribs or those with hardware ... Read more
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