1. Rattle recall: A cute baby elephant rattle was recalled on Thursday because the ears have broken off for a few young children, making it an instant choking risk. The VTech toys were sold at Walmart and Amazon, as well as other stores.
In other news, check the bag if you use frozen green beans or mixed vegetables at home.
A variety of brands were recalled today because of contamination with listeria, which can be very dangerous to pregnant mothers and their fetuses, immune-compromised people and the elderly. (Dog food, JustFoodForDogs, has also been recalled recently for listeria contamination. A few dogs have gotten sick.)
And, in case you missed it: Panasonic has recalled a flat-screen TV model because the sets have been falling off the stands, which can seriously hurt young kids.
This model is primarily for use in hotels and schools, as well as government buildings. Be aware if you’re staying at a hotel with a curious little one.
2. App ban: A mom in the United Kingdom was screening a new kids’ app for her child recently (good!) when she noticed it was sending a threatening message: “This knife is going to improve your look when it’s sticking right out of you.” (Bad. Very, very bad!)
Google has pulled the app, according to BBC.com. Some say it’s already too late as many kids had already used the app, which was based on a popular Nick Jr. show, “Blaze and the Monster Machines,” but not in any way affiliated with it.
My advice: Stick to official apps and videos issued by the network that makes a show. No one wants their kids watching Peppa Pig drink bleach, as recently shown in a highly controversial parody on YouTube.
3. Eye injury outlook: Nearly echoing every grown-up in “A Christmas Story” (“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!”), the latest issue of the journal Pediatrics has found that pediatric eye injuries for “nonpowder guns” were way, way up in 2012, compared to 1990.
The injuries tended towards being quite serious, too, reports physician Perri Klass in the New York Times Well blog.
The guns that are being implicated are BB guns, pellet guns and paintball guns.
Eye protection for kids using those devices can help immensely and is highly recommended, as is adult supervision and proper training in how to use the nonpowder gun to prevent ricochets and injuries.
The sports that led to even more injuries (though fewer than before) were basketball, followed by baseball and softball.
In fact, protective eyewear is reportedly recommended for all basketball players by two major medical professional associations.
I can’t say I’ve seen any players decked out with protective polycarbonate lenses this year. Have you?
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