Category Archives: parents

Trick or Treat: Tips for a Safe Halloween

It’s that time of the year again - Jack-o-Lanterns line the streets while spooky ghosts and ghouls roam from house to house collecting their treats. However, some aspects of the holiday can also pose certain hazards. According to the CPSC, there have been at least 16 cases since 1980 in which children under 15 suffered burn injuries involving Halloween costumes. Children are also more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween ... Read more
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Safe Sleep Tips for Infant Mortality Month

Each September marks National Infant Mortality Awareness Month. At KID, we take this opportunity to spread awareness about common hazards that contribute to the infant mortality in the U.S. The CDC defines infant mortality as the death of an infant before the age of one. As we’ve mentioned in previous blogs, the infant mortality rate in the U.S. still varies based on racial and geographic differences. One of the leading causes of infant mortality ... Read more
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KID Reviews the Data: Tips for Home Treadmill Use

Treadmills can be a great addition to the home for busy families trying to get in some exercise. As with most large machines, caution must be taken while using them – especially if you have young children in the house. The issue of treadmill safety became headline news in 2009 when Mike Tyson’s 4-year-old daughter tragically died in a treadmill accident. Since then, many news outlets and safety organizations have followed and reported on the ... Read more
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#FamilyVoicesFriday: Jamie’s Story

This week, we are honoring the memory of Jamie, who was killed in July 1998 when he became trapped between his crib mattress and the mattress support. The mattress, which was purchased with his crib from Cosco, was not a standard size, and the mattress support was built using metal bars instead of a spring frame. Jamie’s weight compressed the mattress, pushing it between the bars on the crib’s platform. He became entrapped and strangled. Jamie’s ... Read more
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KID Safe Sleep Checklist Helps Caregivers Evaluate Infant Sleep Products

Safe sleep messaging can be overwhelming for new parents, especially considering the number and variety of products available on store shelves. However, Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) remains the leading cause of preventable death among infants 0-1. In fact, incidence of accidental suffocation (included in SUID statistics), has actually increased slightly over the last few years. There are many factors that contribute to the confusion ... Read more
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Sleep Safe This Father’s Day Weekend

KID knows that dads play a crucial role in keeping kids safe, healthy and happy. In fact, dads today spend triple the amount of time caring for their children as dads did 50 years ago. Much of infant safety research and advice focuses on mom’s behavior, but it is important that dads also get information on how to protect their kids. Sleep related infant deaths such as Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) are the leading cause of preventable ... Read more
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Quick Tips for Window Safety Week

This year, April 2-8 is National Window Safety Week. We’ve covered a few aspects on window safety on the KID blog in the past, but this week serves as a yearly reminder to raise awareness about window safety and injury prevention. According to a Safe Kids Worldwide Report from 2015, about 8 children die every year in window falls, and another 3,300 visit hospital emergency rooms due to injuries from window falls. However, falls aren’t the only ... Read more
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New Research: Which Factors Influence Parents’ Decisions About Safe Sleep?

A recent study from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing looked into how parents around the world make decisions about where their infants sleep each night. The researchers wondered: what factors go into parents’ decisions about their infants’ sleep environments? They found that safety was a primary concern for parents, but other factors, such as comfort for baby and parents, ease of access to baby, and ease of breastfeeding, also ... Read more
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