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Tips of the Week for April, 2016

Laundry Room and Detergent Safety

​​​Any family with young children spends a great deal of time doing laundry! 

In order to stay one step ahead, parents need to make sure that anything little fingers may try to open, pull on, or play with in their laundry room won't cause an injury. 

Read on for help protecting not only your small child, but your entire family from laundry room dangers.

Laundry Products

Parents need to pay close attention to how they store laundry products before, during, and after use.

  • Keep laundry products in their original containers with the original label intact.
  • Read and follow all instructions on the product label. Know where the safety information is located on the label and what to do in case an injury occurs.
  • Never combine laundry detergent with ammonia or other household cleaners, because some chemical mixtures may release irritating or dangerous fumes.
  • Always put products away in a secure location after use, out of the reach of children and pets. Consider storing them in a high, locked cabinet. Do not store products on top of the washer and dryer.
  • If a product container is empty, throw it away properly. Do not reuse detergent buckets or bottles for other uses.
  • Clean up any spills, and immediately wash your hands and any items you use to pour or measure products.
  • Close and lock the laundry room door when you are finished, so curious young children cannot get in.
  • Pay special attention to spray bottles. They are a common source of exposure to cleaning solutions and should be kept out of a child’s reach.

​Laundry Detergent Packets: A Warning for Parents

Detergent in single-use laundry packets are very concentrated and can be toxic. Even a small amount of the detergent can cause serious breathing or stomach problems or eye irritation.

Between May 17 and June 17, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 1,008 cases of laundry detergent poiso​nings. Of these, almost half were from laundry packets.

  • Never let your children handle or play with the packs. The packs dissolve quickly when in contact with water, wet hands, or saliva.
  • Remember to seal the container and store it in a locked cabinet after each use. Make sure the container is out of sight and reach of children.
  • Adults should follow the instructions on the product label.
  • If your child does put one of these packets in his mouth or gets any in his eye, call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222 immediately.

Washers & Dryers

To avoid injuries from washers and dryers, try to:

  • Use childproof locks on front-loading washers and dryers to prevent small children from opening the doors while they are in use and also to prevent them from ever crawling in the machines.
  • Clean the lint trap after each use to help prevent fires. Clogged lint traps are a common cause of house fires. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that washers and dryers were involved in 1 out of every 22 home fires reported in 2006-2010.
  • Do not lean or allow children to play or hang on the doors of washers and dryers, as this can cause them to tip over.
  • Vent the dryer outside the home to prevent mold and mildew build-up.
  • Make a rule in your house that the washer and dryer are not toys.

​​Laundry Chutes

Young children may want to explore this “mysterious opening” we call the laundry chute. While convenient for adults, it poses a great danger for small children. 

  • Make sure laundry chute doors are out of the reach of a small child (36 inches or more off the floor).
  • Consider installing childproof locks to keep your child from opening the chute.
  • Tell your children that the laundry chute is meant only for clothes. Toys and people should never go in the laundry chute.

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Speak Up during National Infant Immunization Week!

​The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is speaking up about the importance of infant immunizations on several fronts during National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), April 16-23.

Tell Us Why You Vaccinate!

Throughout the week, will share personal parent stories and testimonials on the topic, sparking conversations about how families and children benefit. Six moral concepts will be addressed by parents including: care, fairness, authority, sanctity, loyalty, and liberty.


The AAP and will feature social media, blog posts, and videos on the topic of vaccines. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to share these messages on social media and join the conversation using the hashtag #WhyIVax​.

Campaign messages will continue on, as well as on, through the end of the month during World Immunization Week, April 24-30. Click here to learn how the AAP promotes global immunization.

About NIIW:

Observed annually by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health organizations since 1994, NIIW has celebrated the successes of immunization programs around the country and highlights the importance of immunizing. The AAP joins in urging parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers to ensure that infants are fully immunized against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases , including influenza. Visit the CDC website to learn more.

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Finding a Breastfeeding Friendly Doctor

It is recommended that expectant parents begin interviewing pediatricians for their baby while they are pregnant. In addition to other questions you may be asking about the office, here are a few questions that you can ask about breastfeeding and hints about the responses you should look to receive.

  1. Are you and your staff knowledgeable about breastfeeding?
    You want your pediatrician and those on his staff to be knowledgeable and supportive of breastfeeding. It would be ideal if he or she has received formal training about breastfeeding by attending continuing education conferences or educating themselves.
  2. What percentage of babies in your practice are breastfed? Of those, how many are exclusively breastfed?
    It would be ideal for the pediatric practice that you join to have high breastfeeding rates, at least even with the national average of breastfeeding (approximately 75%). If the office does not know their breastfeeding rates or has a low rate, don’t be discouraged, just be sure that the pediatrician is dedicated to helping you to achieve your breastfeeding goals and is willing to research the subject if need be.
  3. Do you encourage exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life? When do you recommend solid foods be introduced?
    The AAP recommends that babies be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of life. This means healthy babies do not need additional foods or formula. Your doctor should recommend that you introduce solid foods around 6 months.
  4. When do you recommend weaning?
    Weaning should be recommended when the mother and/or baby are no longer interested and satisfied with breastfeeding. The AAP recommends that babies be breastfed for at least a year, and thereafter for as long as is mutually desired by the mother and child.
  5. Do you have a lactation consultant in the office that can help should problems arise? If you don’t have one in the office is there one to which you refer?
    It would be wonderful if all pediatric offices had a lactation consultant on staff, but unfortunately that is not often the case. Just be sure that the office has a way for you to get breastfeeding help through a lactation consultant should you need it.
  6. Do you observe breastfeeding in the office to identify any problems?
    Pediatricians, or a nurse or lactation consultant in their office, should observe breastfeeding during the first 2 weeks of life to ensure that the baby is latching on well and milk-transfer is occurring. If problems are identified, further observation may be needed and a referral may be possible. Breastfeeding may be observed anytime should problems arise.
  7. Is your office supportive of mothers who return to work and desire to breastfeed? How can you support me in doing this?
    Your pediatrician should be supportive of your desire to work and breastfeed and be educated about the use of pumps to make this possible. He or she may also be able to help with a note to your employer about your need to continue breastfeeding after returning to work. Your pediatrician could also help you to make sure that you have the necessary accommodations for return to work (place to pump, breast pump and accessories, appropriate breaks, etc.) through a letter to your employer.
  8. Are you familiar with resources available to determine the safety of medication use for the mother while breastfeeding?
    There are several resources available that can help pediatricians to advise mothers about their medication use while breastfeeding. Mothers are often counseled to discontinue breastfeeding or “pump and dump” when it is sometimes not necessary.

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Alcohol and Pregnancy: Itís Just Not Worth the Risk

There's no guarantee that a baby will be born healthy or grow up healthy. However, there is an absolute guarantee that a child will not have a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) if a mother does not drink alcohol while pregnant.

No Alcohol during Pregnancy is the Safest Choice

An estimated 40,000 babies are born each year with FASDs, which can result in birth defects, intellectual or learning disabilitiesbehavior problems and trouble learning life skills. These difficulties last a lifetime.

​FASDs are completely preventable by abstaining from alcohol while pregnant (and while trying to conceive). Despite myths, there is no scientific evidence available that sets a “safe” amount of alcohol that will not affect the developing fetus.

Talk with Your Doctor

Women are encouraged to talk with their obstetricians, pediatricians and other health care providers so they can not only understand the risks, but also make the best choice for the health of their baby.

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