Prematurity Chat with March of Dimes…

Prematurity Chat

For those of you who are interested this should be a good exchange of information…check it out.

Evening chat on prematurity

We hosted a great preemie chat in November. Later we learned that many other folks would have participated if we had held the chat in the evening.  Well, mark your calendars. This Wednesday, Feb. 23rd we’re hosting a prematurity chat at 8 PM EST.

Join us to talk about your experiences in the NICU, the information you received from hospital staff, your scariest moments, your best moments, how you felt about coming home, what was helpful, what wasn’t… You’ll find us at #pregnancychat on Twitter at 8pm EST. We look forward to chatting with you Wednesday night!

Tags: chat, NICU, premature baby, prematurity

via News Moms Need » Blog Archive » Evening chat on prematurity.

Chronological Age vs Gestational Age…


Each year babies are born prematurely and the question of chronological age and gestational age can add to the confusion for parents.

Truthfully speaking, these babies can actually have two ages for awhile.  These ages help the medical team and the parents know what to expect developmentally from a preemie.

Here is an explanation from the March of Dimes and the link below it is for more information regarding this issue.

“Babies who are born prematurely often have two ages:  Chronological age is the age of the baby from the day of birth—the number of days, weeks or years old the baby actually has been in the outside world.  Adjusted age is the developmental age of the baby based on his due date.

To calculate adjusted age, you take your premature baby’s chronological age (for example, 20 weeks) and subtract the number of weeks premature the baby was (born 6 weeks early).  In this example, the baby’s adjusted age would be 14 weeks.  Health care providers may use the adjusted age when they evaluate the baby’s growth and development.

Barring serious physical or neurological injury, most premature babies “catch up” to their peers, developmentally, in two to three years. After that, any differences in size or development are most likely due to individual differences, rather than to premature birth. Some very small babies take longer to catch up. You can stop adjusting your baby’s age when it feels most comfortable to you.”

via News Moms Need.

Cribs, Presumed Safe…

Presumed Safe

This has been a big week for recalls related to children’s safety from car seats, to bassinets and cribs.

We think that our children are  safe when we put them in their cribs and for the most part they are.

Here are some points to consider concerning cribs and baby equipment in general:

  • If your child is ready to climb he could be injured by falling out of his crib.
  • If your crib is a hand-me-down if could be a recalled one that could potentially injure your  child.
  • Parents and caregivers need to be alert to warnings and read them before using toys, cribs, swings, highchairs, bouncy seats etc.


“Of the nearly 182,000 children hurt in cribs during the study period, two-thirds were injured due to a fall. Not surprisingly, as babies grew increasingly mobile, the proportion of injuries from falls increased.  As kids got older, prop of inj from falls increased. “This is telling us that coming up with designs that help anticipate that is the way we need to go,” says Smith.

That could take the form of taller crib rails or other fixes. (In any case, parents should drop the height of the crib mattress to its lowest level once baby pulls to a stand. And by 35 inches, it’s time to boot that baby to a big-kid bed.) “Crib designs haven’t really changed in the past two decades, but now they will have to,” says Smith.

Babies of the future may indeed be confined to cribs that look even more like jail cells. If that’s the case, there may be a booming market for black-and-white onesies.

via Cribs, Presumed Safe, Injure 26 Children Every Day – TIME Healthland.”

Another Recall….”IKEA Crib Recall”…


Another retailer, IKEA, has recalled baby cribs.

“IKEA has recalled 20,000 SNIGLAR cribs. The four bolts that support the crib mattress may not be long enough, which could allow the mattress to collapse through the crib frame. This creates an entrapment and suffocation risk to the child.

Plus: Read about the ban on drop-side cribs

The cribs were sold at nationwide IKEA stores from October 2005 through June 2010 for about $80.

via IKEA Crib Recall – Baby Crib Recall –”

Bassinet Recall!

Baby Bassinet Recall

Yet another recall surrounding children’s products. Bassinets are being recalled this time.

Here are the links to what, where, and how to fix these bassinets if you or someone you knows owns one of these items.

“WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Bassinets

Units: About 500,000

Manufacturer: Burlington Basket Company, of Burlington, Iowa

via Bassinets Recalled by Burlington Basket Company Due to Fall Hazard; New Instructions and Warning Labels to be Provided to Consumers.

The Burlington, Iowa-based company is not offering to take back the bassinets, but is instead giving consumers free repair kits to show exactly how to install the support rails. Consumers should check to make sure their bassinet has the support rails properly locked in place.

via CBC News – Consumer Life – Baby bassinets recalled for collapse risk.”


10 Choking Hazards…


Choking Hazards

“According to a 2008 study, the 10 foods that pose the highest choking hazards for young children are hot dogs, peanuts, carrots, boned chicken, candy, meat, popcorn, fish with bones, sunflower seeds and apples.

If a child is more than 1 year old, perform the Heimlich maneuver. If the child is younger than 1, rest the child face down on your knee and slap the back between the shoulder blades five times. More information can be found at”

via The 10 Biggest Choking Hazards –

Choking is a serious situation for any child. It is best to stay away from foods that can pose a choking hazard for your child.

Even if you are vigilant when feeding these foods to your little one it is not worth the risk.

In addition to the choking risk, a child can aspirate any of these foods while coughing to prevent themselves from choking. Aspiration occurs when food or liquids are inhaled into the lungs. This can cause serious complications for a child and can also result in death.

A child’s trachea or “wind pipe” is very tiny ,not even as large as your pinky finger, so it only takes something quite small to block the trachea and cause a child to choke and not be able to breath.

Small pieces of food are recommended. Children and babies should always have someone with them while they are eating. They should not eat in the car or walking around. Ideally, they should be in their own seat or high chair.

All caregivers and parents should be trained in CPR for babies and children in case of an emergency.


  • high risk foods: hot dogs, food with bones, candy,including, peanuts, sunflower seeds, apples and carrots.
  • babies and young children should be supervised when eating.
  • babies and young children should not eat walking around or in the car.
  • babies and children should eat while seated in their own seats or high chair.
  • caregivers and family members should be trained in CPR for babies and children

Breast Pumps and the “IRS”…

“First, the IRS announced yesterday that breast pumps and other breastfeeding supplies are now tax deductible. That reverses the previous policy, which held that there was not sufficient medical benefit from breastfeeding to warrant deduction as a medical expense….

In a letter written on Jan. 31 but released Thursday afternoon, the agency’s commissioner David H. Shulman noted that because pumps are used “for the purpose of affecting a structure or function of the body of the lactating woman,” they are properly classified as a medical device. Previously the IRS held the position that, as my colleague David Kocieniewski put it in today’s Business section, “viewed breast milk as nothing more than a healthy food — meaning that breast pumps, bottles and pads were no more deserving of a tax break than a vegetable steamer.”

The revised definition, he writes, which is effective for the 2010 tax year:

will allow mothers to use pretax money from their flexible spending accounts to cover the cost of breast pumps and other supplies. Those without flexible spending accounts may deduct breast-feeding costs if their total unreimbursed medical expenses exceed 7.5 percent of their adjusted gross income and they itemize.”

via The IRS, Breast Pumps and other Updates –

Child Car Seat RECALL…



Cosco, Maxi-Cosi, and Safety 1st Child Restraint System Center Front Adjuster Recall

Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG), in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain Cosco, Maxi-Cosi, and Safety 1st child restraint systems.

via Dorel Juvenile Group | Cosco, Maxi-Cosi, and Safety 1st Child Restraint System Center Front Adjuster Recall.

Dorel Juvenile Group is voluntarily recalling nearly 800,000 child car seats sold in North America to address a potential problem with the harness locking system, which may not stay properly tensioned.

The seats from the Columbus, Ind., company were manufactured between May 1, 2008, and April 30, 2009.

via CBC News – Consumer Life – Dorel recalls 800,000 child car seats.

This has definitely been a week of recalls.

I have included two links on the car seat recalls.

Be particularly cautious if you have a hand me down, borrowed car seat or if you are  traveling and have a rented one.

Protect your child!

Baby video monitor recall

Yet another recall to report:

Baby video monitor recall

About 1.7 million video baby monitors with electrical cords have been recalled by their manufacturer, Summer Infant Inc. As evidenced in two recent deaths, the cords can present a strangulation hazard to infants and toddlers if placed too close to a crib. Because of this serious strangulation risk, parents and caregivers should never place these and other corded cameras within three feet of a crib.

via News Moms Need » Blog Archive » Baby video monitor recall.