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Safety 1st Child cabinet Locks Recalled Due to Lock Failure

The Consumer products safety Council (CPSC) has recalled 9,000 Safety 1st Push ‘N Snap Cabinet Locks, made by Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG).

DJG has received 200 reports of locks that did not adequately secure the cabinet, including reports of damaged locks. The concern is that children can undo the locks, gaining access to items that could pose a risk of injury.

Dorel has received 200 reports of locks that failed to adequately work. Of those reports, 140 detail how children between 9 months and 5 years were able to disengage the locks and open the cabinets. Three incidents involved children swallowing window cleaner, dishwashing detergent and oven cleaner who needed to be treated by medical professionals. All of the children survived.

The recall is for Safety 1st Push 'N Snap cabinet locks with model numbers 48391 and 48442. The model numbers are printed on the back of the locks and on the packaging.

Preventing Suffocation and Choking

Being unable to breath is a terrifying situation, especially for a child. While infants are most at risk of suffocation while sleeping, toddlers are more likely to suffocate from choking on food and other objects they've put in their mouths.

Knowledge of the proper safety and first aid procedures can protect the children in your care from choking and suffocation.

The American Academy of Pedatrics' safe sleep guidelines tell us to always place infants on their backs on a firm surface every time they are laid down for sleep. The safest place for infants to sleep is in a crib. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeQan__eUII

Keeping soft objects like stuffed animals, blankets, and loose bedding out of cribs further eliminates suffocation risks. And never place objects such as mobiles above cribs. Some feel these mobiles provide infants with the stimulation they require, but the risks outway the rewards. Stimulate the baby in the way scientists and doctors agree is necessary for proper child development - personal interaction.

Choosing Safe Toys

It is important that the toys you provide for the children in your care are safe and pose no safety hazards. An easy way to be safety conscious when purchasing toys is to keep the four S's in mind; size shape, surface and strings.

Size - The smaller the child, the bigger the toy should be.

Shape - Nothing pointy, sharp or that has rough edges.

Surface - The surface will be touched and (with very young children) tasted. Be certain it is non-toxic and non-flammable.

Strings - No cords, ribbons, ropes or strings on toys for young children; they are choking and suffocation hazards.

Keep in mind the children's ages when purchasing toys. Any toys you choose should be appropriate for the age and developmental level of the children they are intended for. If a child can not manipulate, properly play with or understand the function of the toy, it is inappropriate for them.

Baby Bottle, Sippy Cup and Pacifier Injuries

For babies just starting to walk or run, carrying around a bottle, pacifier or sippy cup might be a dangerous activity.

Data from a nationwide survey leads researchers to estimate that more than 45,000 children under 3 years old visited hospital emergency rooms between 1991 and 2010 because of injuries that occurred while using these products.

Most injuries involved children between 1 and 2 years of age who fell and cut their mouths on the bottles they were drinking from.

Sarah Keim, a researcher at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and lead author of the study points out that while many parents and caregivers "baby proof" their homes and facilities, little thought is given to the possibility of an injury occurring with these products.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children transition from a bottle to a cup between 12 and 15 months of age to avoid problems such as tooth decay. The AAP also recommends weaning babies off pacifiers between 6 and 12 months.

"Following these recommendations might also help reduce injury, so all the more reason to follow them," Keim said.

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