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Five potential diaper bag dangers

by Erica Surman

Diaper bag dangersThe diaper bag. It’s one of the things that expectant moms and dads have ready before baby even arrives. You bring it everywhere with you and rely on it to carry around all of your baby’s essentials. But some things inside could pose a potential hazard. Beware of these five items you may have hanging around your precious cargo.

  • Hand sanitizer. I learned this one the hard way. The small hand sanitizer parents often have gel banded to the outside of the diaper bag is full of ethyl alcohol. Generally, the hand sanitizer would be too bitter to ingest enough to cause intoxication, but the recent news story about a little girl drinking a near deadly amount proves that it can happen. Sanitizer can also sting if it got in a child’s eyes or nose, and the cap itself could be a choking hazard. It’s best to keep hand sanitizer out of your child’s reach at all times.
  • Toys, books or remotes that have button batteries in them. Lithium button batteries are especially dangerous, because the severe burning of the esophagus can occur after only 2 hours, and can last even after the battery is removed. Often time’s parents don’t even realize what has been ingested because these batteries come already present in most of these products.

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Trouble in Toyland

Today, PIRGIM, The Public Interest Research Group in Michigan, released its 27th annual “Trouble in Toyland” report which offers just a sample of the current most dangerous toys.  For nearly a decade, PIRGIM has released their annual report on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving via a press conference at Beaumont Children’s Hospital sponsored Safety City U.S.A.

The following dangers were the most concerning findings with this year’s toys:

  • Unmarked choking hazards
  • Toxic chemicals such as lead and phthalates
  • Powerful magnets that can cause intestinal damage when swallowed
  • Loud toys that exceed the noise standards

Download the 2012 Trouble in Toyland toy safety report. In this report, PIRGIM provides safety guidelines for consumers when purchasing toys for small children and provides examples of toys currently on store shelves that may pose potential safety hazards.

Want to get recalled toy and hazard information straight to your phone? Visit http://www.toysafety.mobi/.

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