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Baby Jogger Jump Seat Recall

Baby Jogger has received four reports of children falling from the seat, including reports of scrapes, bruises, cuts and one broken nose.About 1,545 Baby Jogger Jump Seat in the United States, and 450 in Canada, have been recalled because the seat does not lock properly and could allow a child to fall out.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Name of Product: Baby Jogger Jump Seats Units: About 1,545 (U.S.) and about 450 (Canada) Distributor: Baby Jogger LLC, of Richmond, Va. Hazard: If the Jump Seat does not properly lock into place, the Jump Seat could disengage from the stroller allowing the child to fall out. Incidents/Injuries: Baby Jogger has received four reports of children falling from the seat, including reports of scrapes, bruises, cuts and one broken nose. Description: This recall includes the Baby Jogger Jump Seat. The Jump Seat is a fabric seat accessory with the name "Baby Jogger" on the front that is attached to the mounting bracket on the frame of a Baby Jogger City Elite, Baby Jogger City Classic or Baby Jogger Summit stroller and allows a toddler and baby to ride together in the same stroller at the same time. The item number is printed on the product packaging. Item: Numbers J7J50 Sold: Beginning January 2008 Sold at: Juvenile products stores, mass merchandisers, and department stores nationwide and on the Web from January 2008 through July 2010 for about $100. Manufactured in: China Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the Jump Seat and contact Baby Jogger to receive Jump Seat safety straps and assembly instructions. Customer Contact: For additional information, contact Baby Jogger toll-free at (877) 506-2213 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET, e-mail the firm at recall@babyjogger.com, or visit the firm's website at www.babyjogger.com Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1287

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Diabetic Children May Focus Too Much On Counting Carbs

Keeping an eye on the amount of carbohydrates consumed can help young people with type 1 diabetes control their blood sugar.

Keeping an eye on the amount of carbohydrates consumed can help young people with type 1 diabetes control their blood sugar.But they should also be careful about putting too much emphasis on carb counting alone, researchers say. Nutrition counseling for children and teens with type 1 diabetes often recommends carb counting. By calculating the grams of carbohydrates in a meal or snack, diabetics can more closely control blood sugar levels and adjust their doses of insulin appropriately. The small study, published in Diabetes Care, found that parents and kids sometimes put too much emphasis on carb quantity at the expense of diet quality. In interviews with 35 8 to 21-year-olds and their parents, the researchers found that some preferred packaged processed foods to "whole" foods, like fruits, whole grains and legumes, because the carb content was readily available on the product labels. In addition, some parents limited their children's intake of healthy choices like fruit and whole grains because of their carbohydrate content. This was despite the fact that parents and kids alike usually believed that fruits and vegetables were generally healthy foods, while "junk food" and fast food should be limited.
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Kidney Stones on the Rise in Children

Kidney stones are on the rise in children and doctors are trying to determine why. Kidney stones used to be an adult problem, one that causes excruciating pain. But in recent years, kidney stones have been turning up in rising numbers at hospitals around the country. At Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the number of children treated for kidney stones since 2005 has gone from about 10 patients a year to five a week, said Dr. Pasquale Casale.

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In a 2007 study in the Journal of Urology, doctors are North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center reported a nearly fivefold increase in children brought in with kidney stones between 1994 and 2005. Eating too much salt can result in excess calcium in the urine. Some doctors blame kids' love of cheeseburgers, fries and other salty foods for the increased number of kidney stones. In children, most stones are calcium-bases. Dr. Uri Alon, director of the bone and mineral disorders clinic at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City says that children's eating habits, plus drinking too little water puts them at risk. Plenty of water is generally recommended to help prevent kidney stones. For an average-size-10-year-old about four cups of water a day on top of whatever else they are drinking is considered a good amount to dissolve the minerals in urine.

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Sports Video Games May Help Kids Lose Weight

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Video games are often blamed for an increase in childhood obesity, but a new study suggests that certain types of games may actually assist kids in losing weight. Sports video games that require kids to actively participate may actually offer obese or overweight kids a new tool to help drop those extra pounds. 

The 16 - week study, sponsored by United Health Group, showed that overweight kids who expended energy by playing bowling, soccer or track and field video games, compared to those that simply followed a weight loss program, lost more than two and half times their Body Mass Index (BMI). That’s a pretty remarkable loss.

The study was based on a trial weight loss program that the United Health Group launched in 2011. The program is called Join for Me.

Join for Me borrows from the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program, conducted by the National Institutes of Health. It demonstrated that healthy eating and regular exercise along with counseling were more effective than medication at preventing diabetes. The success of that study led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to launch a similar 16-week program for adults in partnership with the YMCA and UnitedHealth. “Why not use the same winning formula?” says Deneen Vojta, a pediatrician in charge of clinical affairs at UnitedHealth, and a principal investigator on the JOIN for ME study.

Voita and other researchers decided to add sports video games to the weight loss program, hoping it would prod kids, ages 8 to 12, to increase their activity. Of the 75 kids in the program, 34 were given Microsoft’s Xbox 360 consoles and received two games, Kinnect Adventures and Kinnect Sorts.

Notably, children did not receive instructions on how long to use the games. Although Vojta doesn’t know whether the kids exercised the whole time in front of a screen, that group registered an additional 7.4 minutes a day in moderate to vigorous activity, which could translate into a yearly loss of four pounds of fat.

Although the results were impressive, two drawbacks remain; the games and console are expensive and kids often get bored with and tend to stop playing them after awhile.

Vojta is considering offering JOIN for ME online, which could lower costs, and make it more widely available. “No one believes that gaming 
is going to solve obesity,” she says.  “It’s a signal for the health care and gaming industries that although passive screen time contributed to obesity, it could contribute to a solution.”

These kinds of sports games are not a quick fix for kids who typically do not get much exercise, eat a diet high in calories and fat and are overweight or obese. However, entertaining video games that require active physical participation might be a good additional tool to help overweight children slim down. 

Source: Zina Moukheiber, http://www.forbes.com/sites/zinamoukheiber/2014/03/03/unitedhealth-study-shows-sports-video-games-help-children-lose-weight/

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Reducing the Spread of Enterovirus-D68 in Children

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While the first case of Ebola in the U.S. has captured the headlines, another virus that is actually having an impact on our kids, is picking up steam across the country.

43 states and the District of Columbia have reported over 500 confirmed cases of Enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68).

The virus was first isolated in1962 in California and had been considered a rather rare virus with only small pockets of cases reported regularly to the CDC since 1987. However, this year the number of cases is increasing rapidly

There has been one confirmed death from the virus: a four year-old boy from New Jersey. Four other deaths have been linked to EV-D68, but it’s still unclear whether the children actually died from the virus or whether there was an underlying condition that caused their death.

One thing the experts agree on is that the number of cases this year is higher and more severe than in other years. Health officials are also trying to determine if the virus is associated with cases of muscle weakness or paralysis that have struck 10 children in the Denver area. Similar cases have been reported in Massachusetts, Michigan and Missouri.

Infants, children and teenagers are the most likely to become infected with the enterovirus. It’s spread like any other virus; an infected person sneezes, coughs or touches a surface.

Doctors want parents to know that children with asthma or breathing problems are at risk for the more severe symptoms from EV-D68.

"Children with pre-existing lung conditions, such as asthma, appear to be at the greatest risk for severe symptoms from this virus. Most EV-D68 infected children recover without serious illness," Dr. Albert Rizzo, senior medical advisor at the American Lung Association, said in a news release.

Most children will recover from EV-D68 just as they would from any other cold-related virus, but there are symptoms- that if present- need immediate attention.

"It is important for parents to understand that children with this infection who have asthma or a history of wheezing episodes are at higher risk for increased symptoms of shortness of breath and wheezing and are more likely to need specific treatment to address this problem. This means quick contact with their pediatrician or family doctor and even a trip to the emergency room, or a call to 911 is appropriate if respiratory distress is present," Rizzo advised.

At this time there is no vaccine for EV-D68, but there are actions that adults and children can take to help prevent infection. They are:

·      Washing hands often with soap and water, for 20 seconds each time.

·      Not touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

·      Avoiding contact such as kissing, hugging or sharing eating utensils or cups and glasses with people who are sick.

·      Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.

You can also check with your child’s school or daycare center about what actions are being taken to help prevent the spread of colds and viruses.

Earlier in the virus season, there was not as much concern about EV-D68 in the medical community because it was considered a rare virus that would likely be contained, just like in past years. However, this year is proving to be different than expected and doctors are now warning parents to keep a closer eye on their children’s symptoms if they are sick, especially if any breathing difficulties arise. It’s much better to get checked out as far as this virus is concerned.

Source: Robert Preidt, http://consumer.healthday.com/respiratory-and-allergy-information-2/asthma-news-47/experts-give-advice-on-respiratory-virus-that-has-struck-kids-across-the-u-s-692372.html

http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html

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Dancer’s Injuries on the Rise

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Dancing is a wonderful artistic expression and kids have taken to tapping, pirouetting, Irish stepping and even ballroom dancing across the country.  While it can be fun and great exercise, lots of these kids are being seriously injured.

Researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital looked at a national database of emergency-department visits. What they found was that the most common dance-related injuries were sprains, strains and injuries from falls. The patients were between 15 and 19 years old. 

The researchers said no one on the team is calling for parents to pull their children from dance classes, but that the results from their study suggests that instructors should look for ways to prevent injury in students who participate in the physically demanding activity.

About 113,100 children and teens were treated for dance injuries in U.S. emergency departments between 1991 and 2007, according to the research team’s estimates. During that time, the number of cases in a year increased by more than 37 percent, to about 8,500 in 2007. This is the first study to examine dance-related injuries on a national level. It was published in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health.

With about 22,000 dance schools across the country, study author Kristen Roberts, said one reason for the increase in injuries may be that there are simply more children dancing.

Steps to prevent injury include stretching, staying hydrated, getting plenty of rest and using good form.

Eric Leighton, an athletic trainer with the Nationwide Children’s sports-medicine program, works with dancers regularly and said that repetition and fatigue often lead to injury.

“Whether it’s a pitcher throwing a lot of pitches in one inning or a dancer repeating a dance, as the muscles get tired, some of the coordination and the body’s ability to cope starts to suffer,” he said. The hospital recently started a program to focus on dance.

“They’re dancers, they’re artists, but they’re also athletes. It requires a lot of strength, stability, power and balance,” Leighton said. “Of course, they have to take all that and make it graceful and beautiful as well.”

As dancers grow, their taller, heavier bodies, combined with intense, difficult dance moves, make injuries more common, he said. Cross-training and flexibility work, such as yoga, can lower injury risk, Leighton said.

Dancing competitions can be fierce. These kids are truly athletes and like any athlete they have to work hard to achieve their goal and stay healthy during the process.

Dance instructors and parents can keep an eye on their dancers to make sure that they know their limits and do not get too fatigued – that’s when most injuries occur.  The three “Rs” are always good to keep in mind -rest, repair and re-hydrate.

Source: Misti Crane,  http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/02/11/injuries-on-rise-among-young-dancers.html

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Have a Safe Fourth of July!

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Fourth of July celebrations are less than 2 weeks away and that means fireworks are selling furiously. Many cities ban fireworks within city limits but people sometimes ignore the ban or find a location where setting off fireworks is legal.

A special study conducted by CPSC staff found that 65 percent of all fireworks injuries in 2011 were sustained during the 30 days surrounding the Independence Day holiday. More than half of these injuries were the result of unexpected ignition of the device or consumers not using fireworks as intended. Fireworks injuries most often resulted in burns to the hands and head, including the eyes, face, and ears. According to the special study, sparklers, firecrackers, and aerial devices were associated with the most incidents.

It’s not only consumer grade fireworks that people like to play around with, sometimes they obtain professional grade, and that’s where things can get really dangerous. Last year, CPSC received reports of four consumers who were killed by either professional-grade or homemade firework devices, while an estimated 9,600 consumers were injured.

"For thousands of consumers, last year's 4th of July celebration ended with a visit to the emergency room," said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. "CPSC wants you to understand the risks with legal and illegal fireworks, in order to prevent an injury, or worse, during this holiday."

While the majority of fireworks injury reports involve emergency room treatment and release, CPSC is aware of more severe and fatal injuries that are associated with consumer use of professional-grade and homemade fireworks. Reports of faster-than-expected explosions and unpredictable flight paths of aerial devices have resulted in tragic consequences for some consumers.

In the four reported fireworks-related deaths, the victims were killed when the illegal devices exploded, causing severe trauma to the head and face, and resulting in decapitation in one incident. In other incidents involving professional-grade or homemade devices, the victims reportedly sustained severe burns and the loss of fingers.

While there is federal oversight of imported fireworks, poorly made devises with hazardous ingredients still get through.

CPSC offers these tips for consumers who decide to purchase legal fireworks are urged to take these safety steps:

  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. Parents may not realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees-hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Always have an adult closely supervise fireworks activities if older children are allowed to handle devices.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

The hot, dry weather is also a consideration when using fireworks. In 2010, fireworks caused an estimated 15,500 reported fires, including 1,100 total structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 14,100 outside and other fires. Make sure that there’s not dry brush, leaves, or tall grass in the area. Have a hose nearby or a bucket of water. If possible, soak the area with water before using the fireworks. Avoid pointing mobile fireworks at houses or trees.

Our littlest ones are at the highest risk for injury. Children ages 5-14 have twice the risk of injury and often end up in the emergency room. If a child is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital. If an eye injury occurs, don't allow your child to touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage. Also, don't flush the eye out with water or attempt to put any ointment on it. Instead, cut out the bottom of a paper cup, place it around the eye, and immediately seek medical attention — your child's eyesight may depend on it. If it's a burn, remove clothing from the burned area and run cool, not cold, water over the burn (do not use ice). Call your doctor immediately.

Fireworks can be fun and are meant to be enjoyed, but you’ll enjoy them more if your family is safe.

The best place to watch fireworks is at a sponsored event. They are usually bigger, accompanied by music and the whole family can have a blast!

Sources: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12203.html, http://www.nfpa.org, http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/outdoor/fireworks.html

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Even 9-Year-Olds Can Learn CPR

Children as young as nine years old can and should learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), Austrian researchers say. In a study of 147 students who received six hours of life-support training, 86 percent of the children performed CPR correctly at a follow-up session four months after the training, according to the report published online in the journal Critical Care.

"The usefulness of CPR training in schools has been questioned, since young students may not have the physical and cognitive skills needed to perform such complex tasks correctly," Dr. Fritz Sterz, of the Medical University of Vienna, said. "We found that, in fact, students as young as nine years are able to successfully and effectively learn basic life-support skills. As in adults, physical strength may limit depth of chest compressions and ventilation volumes, but skill retention is good," he added. In the training program, the children were taught CPR, how to use of automatic defibrillators, the correct recovery position and how to call for emergency services. Body mass index, not age, was the major factor in depth of CPR compressions and amount of air exhalation. That means that a well-built 9-year-old child can be just as capable at CPR as an older child, the researchers said. "Given the excellent performance by the students evaluated in this study, the data support the concept that CPR training can be taught and learned by schoolchildren and that CPR education can be implemented effectively in primary schools at all levels," Sterz and colleagues concluded.

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Eye Problems, Hearing Loss May Be Linked

A new study has found that about 20 percent of children with sensorineural hearing loss also have eye disorders. Sensorineural hearing loss is caused by damage of the inner ear or to the nerves that link the ear to the brain and affects up to three of every 1,000 children. Half of all cases in children are due to genetics. One gene, GJB2, accounts for a large proportion of sensorineural hearing loss in Caucasians.

The study, published in the February issued of Archives of Otolaryngology - - Head & Neck Surgery, looked at the data of 226 children with sensorineural hearing loss. Of that group, 21.7 percent had eye disorders including problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. "A multidisciplinary approach is important in the evaluation and treatment of children with sensorineural hearing loss to ensure that their medical, education and social needs are met," the study concluded. "Ophthalmologic evaluation can be beneficial for patients by allowing ophthalmologists to diagnose (and possibly treat) co-existing disorders that affect vision and by helping otolaryngology to determine cause of sensorineural hearing loss." More Information: Hearing Loss in Children

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