Sending a child off to college is usually filled with excitement and a little anxiety.
The first day of school is right around the corner....exciting for sure, but heading back to school may also be stressful.
August 1 is the date for many students to return to school for athletics, drill team, cheerleading and band. This comes just as the temperatures hover around 100 degrees everyday.
Tired of changing diapers?
Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumpers are being recalled due to impact hazard, the sun toy can snap.
About 400,000 units in the U.S. have been sold and 8,500 in Canada.
Description: This recall includes Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumpers with model number 90564. The model number can be found on a tag attached to the underside of the seat. These stationary activity centers have a support seat covered in blue fabric attached to a large white metal frame and include a variety of brightly colored toys surrounding the seat. The yellow sun toy is attached to the seat frame on a flexible stalk with either three or five brightly colored rings. A date code is located in the lower right corner of the sewn in label on the back of the blue seat pad. The following date codes, indicating a manufacture date prior to November 2011, are included in the recall: OD0, OE0, OF0, OG0, OH0, OI0, OJ0, OK0, OL0, OA1, OB1, OC1, OD1, OE1, OF1, OG1, OH1, OI1, OJ1 and OK1.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 100 reports of incidents including 61 injuries. Reported injuries include bruises, lacerations to the face, a 7-month-old boy who sustained a lineal skull fracture and a chipped tooth to an adult.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact Kids II for a replacement toy attachment.
Sold at: Target, Toys R Us and other retails stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com between May 2010 and May 2013 for about $90.
Importer: Kids II Inc., of Atlanta, Ga.
For more information on this recall you can go to; http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Kids-II-Recalls-Baby-Einstein-Activity-Jumpers or
Consumer Contact: Kids II toll-free at (877) 325-7056 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.kidsii.com, then click on the Recall link at the bottom of the page for more informa
One of the most popular gifts at a baby shower is the baby rattle, a toy that has been used since antiquity.
Should expectant mothers buckle up and make sure the air bag is turned on before driving or riding in a car? Absolutely say researchers in a recent study by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.
Many women are concerned that, in case of an accident, seat belts and /or air bags might harm their unborn child, but according to the study, expectant mothers who are not restrained during a car crash are more likely to lose the pregnancy than those who are.
According to the March of Dimes, nearly 170,000 pregnant women are involved in a motor vehicle accident each year.
"One thing we're always concerned about is (educating) patients on seatbelt use," said Dr. Haywood Brown, the chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University Medical Center and senior author of the new study.
"Nonetheless, like all individuals, some choose and some do not choose to wear their seatbelt," he added.
For the study, Brown and his colleagues searched through the trauma registry at Duke University Hospital. They found 126 cases of women in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters that had been in a car crash and were cared for at the hospital between 1994 and 2010.
What they discovered was that 86 mothers were wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred. Of that group, 3.5 percent or (3) fetuses died.
12 mothers were not wearing a seat belt. Of the unrestrained group, 25 percent or (3) fetuses died.
"The bottom line is, you've got to wear your restraint because it decreases the risk not only for your injuries but injury to your child," Brown told Reuters Health.
Where should the seat belt be placed? The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that the seat belt be fitted low across the hipbones and below the belly.
The March of Dimes offers more seat belt and air bag guidelines for pregnant women:
Important news for pregnant women arrives just in time. A new study provides evidence that pregnant women who get the flu shot do not increase the risk of fetal death.
Fifty years ago U.S. heath officials began recommending that pregnant women get the flu shot after the flu pandemic took the lives of so many mothers-to-be. For many years there was concern that the flu shot could cause harm or even death to the developing fetus. This study adds another layer to the many studies done researching whether the flu vaccine and fetal harm exists.
This is the largest study dedicated to looking at the safety and benefits of flu vaccination during pregnancy. "This is the kind of information we need to provide our patients when discussing that flu vaccine is important for everyone, particularly for pregnant women," said Dr. Geeta Swamy, a researcher who studies vaccines and pregnant women at Duke University Medical Center.
Fetal deaths were rare during the study with most occurring in pregnant women who already had the flu. "Vaccination itself was not associated with increased fetal mortality and may have reduced the risk of influenza-related death during the pandemic" of 2009, said the studys team, led by Dr. Siri Haberg of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo.
U.S. experts agree that influenza can be very dangerous in pregnant women.
The study was conducted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. It tracked pregnancies in Norway in 2009 and 2010 during an international epidemic of a new swine flu strain. Among nearly 26,000 women vaccinated during pregnancy - usually during the second or third trimester - there were 78 fetal deaths, or three per 1,000 pregnancies.
Among about 87,000 pregnant women who were not vaccinated, there were 414 fetal deaths, or close to five per 1,000 pregnancies.
Among all women, vaccination during the study period reduced the likelihood of fetal death by 12 percent, but th
Fisher-Price in co-operation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling its Rock N Play Infant Sleepers because of 600 reports of mold, posing a risk to infants sleeping in the product.
The CPSC advises that mold has been associated with respiratory illnesses and other infections. Although mold is not present at the time of purchase, mold growth can occur after use of the product.
Incidents/Injuries: Fisher-Price has received 600 reports of mold on the product. Sixteen consumers have reported that their infants have been treated for respiratory issues, coughs and hives after sleeping in the product.
Description: This recall to inspect includes all Fisher-Price Rock N' Play infant recliner seats called sleepers. The sleeper is designed for babies up to 25 pounds and is composed of a soft plastic seat held by a metal rocking frame. The product has a removable, fabric cover that is sold in 14 patterns and color palettes.
Sold at: Mass merchandise stores nationwide and online since September 2009 for between $50 and $85. Units currently in retail stores are not affected by this recall to inspect. Only products that show signs of mold after use by consumers are included in this announcement.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately check for mold under the removable seat cushion. Dark brown, gray or black spots can indicate the presence of mold. If mold is found, consumers should immediately stop using the product. Consumers can contact Fisher-Price for cleaning instructions or further assistance. Cleaning and care instructions can also be found at www.service.mattel.com or by contacting the firm.
Consumer Contact: Fisher-Price; at (800) 432-5437, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.service.mattel
There's been a lot of talk, especially during the recent holidays, about driving and drinking. But another less discussed cause of accidents and fatalities on the road involves people who are driving tired and fall asleep at the wheel. In a sleep- deprived country like ours, you can bet there are plenty of people driving who shouldn't be. Some of those drivers are parents, caregivers and grandparents with kids in the car.
A new study found that slightly more than 4% of adults admit to having fallen asleep while driving. Though 4.2 % said they actually fell asleep behind the wheel, researchers say they believe that the real number is much higher because many people don't remember dozing off. In 2009, an estimated 730 deadly motor vehicle accidents involved a driver who was either sleepy or dozing off, and an additional 30,000 crashes that were nonfatal involved a drowsy driver. Accidents involving sleepy drivers are more likely to be deadly or cause injuries, in part because people who fall asleep at the wheel either fail to hit their brakes or veer off the road before crashing.
Anne G. Wheaton, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, led a study looking at 147,000 adults in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Wheaton and her colleagues found that men were more likely to report drowsy driving than women. They also noted that about 1.7 % were in the age range between 8-44 years old while 5% were 65 and older.
Scientists said that too few hours of good sleep and snoring were independently associated with the likelihood of drowsing driving. Snoring is often a symptom of sleep apnea, which causes intermittent pauses in breathing at night.
Dr. Wheaton noted that people who fall asleep at the wheel may do it so quickly - and briefly - that it fails to register.
"It doesn't mean that you put your head down and start snoring," she said. "You might just close your eyes