Archive - January 2010

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Have Your Baby or Child Items Been Recalled for Safety Reasons?
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Does Your Baby’s Crib Mattress Have Dust-mites?
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New Study Links Phthalates to ADHD – One More Reason to Use Organic Crib Mattresses

Have Your Baby or Child Items Been Recalled for Safety Reasons?

The Babies”R”Us second Great Trade-In Event, the first was in August/September 2009, gives parents the opportunity to get a 25% discount on replacing several types of baby items – cribs, car seats, bassinets, strollers, travel systems, playards, toddler beds or high chairs – that may no longer be safe for your child. You just take your products into your local Babies”R”Us or Toys”R”Us store and purchase new ones from participating manufacturers at the discounted price. Your products don’t have to have been recalled, and you don’t have to provide proof that your product is faulty. However, there are probably millions of parents out there who are unaware of the fact that items they’re using may have been recalled. How can you find out if a baby or child’s product you’re using is potentially dangerous? The Consumer Product Safety Commission has a comprehensive list of infant and child product recalls that provides all the details of each recall, including what to[…]

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Does Your Baby’s Crib Mattress Have Dust-mites?

High levels of dust-mite allergens are present in 50% of American homes – they cause several health problems, and they love to hide in your mattresses. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Does Mattress Cleaning Treat Dust-Mite Allergies?, prompted this blog post about dust-mites. They really are a big problem – at least half the homes in America contain enough dust-mite allergens to cause health problems. How do you get rid of those allergens? The answer to the question in the headline “Does Mattress Cleaning Treat Dust-mite Allergies” appears to be ‘no.’ And I’ll explain why. But, first, a little info about dust-mites. Dust-mites are microscopic arachnids (same family as spiders) that live in dust. They hide in dark places like upholstered furniture, dust bunnies under couches and beds, in blankets, sheets, stuffed toys, mattresses – even your baby’s crib mattress. Although they do bite, they generally they feed off dead skin cells and hair. However, their waste[…]

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New Study Links Phthalates to ADHD – One More Reason to Use Organic Crib Mattresses

It is troubling to see how many children are suffering from ‘learning disorders.’ Parents are tearing their hair out trying to find solutions, and often resort to putting their kids on drugs when they see no other solution. However, a new study linking ADHD to the chemical plasticizers ‘phthalates’ may offer some hope. The study, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, found that the higher the concentration of phthalates in the urine, the more apt the children were to have ADHD symptoms. The researchers also found “significant relationships” between urine concentrations and errors in continuous performance tests (CPTs), which measure the child’s sustained and selective attention – the ability to focus on the right things at the right times – and impulsivity. CPT is used to support an ADHD diagnosis. So, where are these phthalates coming from? According to other studies, it starts in the womb: phthalates in mom’s body transfer to the child. Mom may have gotten them into[…]

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