March, 2006

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Did you know that unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for children 14 and under? The National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions and Safety 1st are working together to raise awareness about child injury prevention. Learn how you can make a change and prevent injuries before they start. Visit
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Runny noses, sneezes, coughs, fevers, aches and pains, oh my! ‘Tis the season for colds and the flu, but which one does your child have? Do you know the difference between the two and how to prevent and treat each one?

Don’t worry, we have the answer! After using the tips in our enewsletter and some of our essential infant healthcare products like thermometers and medicine spoons, your family will be well equipped to deal with whatever germs await you! Also in this enewsletter, you’ll get suggestions on how to keep your children happy with fun and rewarding playtime. Not only does playtime create long lasting memories for your family, it’s also a vital part of your children’s development. We’ll give you some tips on keeping playtime happy and healthy for you and your little ones.

Cold or Flu? Symptoms for Recognizing Both and How to Treat Them

It’s that time of the year again - missed school days, cancelled play dates and postponed vacations, all because of various illnesses creating havoc in your household. But what is it? A cold or the flu? Do you know the difference and how to treat each? Below is a simple guide to help you identify symptoms and recommendations for getting your child on the road to recovery!

Symptoms Cold Flu
Fever rare characteristic, high (102-104F); lasts 3-4 days
Headache rare prominent
General aches, pains slight usual; often severe
Fatigue, weakness quite mild can last up to 2-3 weeks
Extreme exhaustion never early and prominent
Stuffy nose common sometimes
Sneezing usual sometimes
Sore throat common sometimes
Chest discomfort, cough mild to moderate common; can become severe, hacking cough

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), colds typically begin slowly and will last from 2-7 days, the flu comes on very quickly and can last for 3-4 weeks.

Tips for Treating a Cold or the Flu

Q: Is it “feed a cold and starve a fever?”
A: Actually, just make sure your child eats when he or she is hungry and drinks plenty of liquids to replace the fluids lost through fever and mucus production.

Q: My baby is having a difficult time nursing, what should I do?
A: She is probably congested. Ask your pediatrician about using saline drops and a nasal aspirator to help clear her nostrils. You can also elevate your baby’s head while she’s sleeping by placing a pillow or rolled up blanket under her mattress (never on top of it!).

Q: What kind of humidifier should I use?
A: Use a cool mist humidifier to add moisture to a room.  Safety note: Cool mist humidifiers are recommended over warm for children due to potential burning issues if the child comes too close to the unit. Also, harmful bacteria and mold can grow more easily in warm mist humidifiers. If you do not have a humidifier, create a “steam room” by running a hot shower and sitting with your baby in the bathroom for a while.

Q: Should I use over-the-counter medicines?
A: Doctors have recently noted that some over-the-counter remedies won’t help cure the common cold and, in certain instances, can mask a more serious problem. Some doctors believe that there is generally no benefit, for example, to giving a child a cough suppressant because coughing actually helps clear mucus from the lower respiratory tract. However, if an infant under the age of three months has a persistent cough you should notify your pediatrician immediately as it might be a sign of a more serious problem.

Q: What about antihistamines?
A: Antihistamines should generally not be given to children under one year of age as they might have the adverse side effect of making the child hyperactive and making the nasal secretions even thicker. Safety note: Children of any age should never be given aspirin as this can increase the risk of Reyes Syndrome, a potentially life threatening condition.

Q: What precautions can I take so my child doesn’t get the flu?
A: Prevention is the best defense. Most children between the ages of 6-36 months should be given an annual flu shot. If your child is already showing symptoms of the flu, there is now a specific medicine that can shorten the duration of the flu if it is given to a child within the first 48 hours of contracting the flu.

Q: What if my child has a fever?
A: Generally a slight fever is not something to be alarmed by and, in fact, is nature’s way of fighting off an infection. While it’s always important to check with your doctor, sometimes children whose temperature is lower than 102°F do not usually require medication unless they’re uncomfortable. The exception to this is infants under three months old. If they have a rectal temperature of 100.4°F or higher call your pediatrician immediately!

Q: Can I still use my glass mercury thermometer?
A: No! The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against using glass mercury thermometers due to concerns about possible exposure to mercury. If you still have one, do not throw it out as it could break and release the mercury contained in it. Rather, call your local health department where they can advise you on how to properly discard it.

An Ounce of Prevention
While you can’t lock your children away the entire winter, you can help decrease the likelihood of them contracting a cold or flu by practicing good hand washing with warm water and soap. Teach your child to cover his mouth with his arm instead of his hand when he sneezes and immediately throw away used tissues. Also, contrary to what your mother told you, bundling a child up against the cold weather will not prevent him from getting sick. In fact, over-bundling a baby can actually increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Click here for more information on SIDS. As we all know, kids will be kids, and part of raising kids is dealing with runny noses, sore throats and fevers. Recognizing the symptoms and knowing how to treat them is half the battle!

The Importance of Play – For You and Your Baby

Playing with your child is one of the most fun, entertaining, and rewarding experiences of being a parent. Playtime creates many long lasting memories and it’s important to remember that playtime is an essential part of a child’s upbringing and development.

How to Make Playtime a Fun, Rewarding Experience
Many first time parents worry about providing enough stimulation for their baby. We all remember reading articles and watching scenes from movies where infants are presented with flash cards assuming this will help them learn. Fortunately, child development experts have debunked this myth. While stimulating play is essential, play can be basic and does not require expensive toys. It’s also important, however, to establish soothing times to help prevent over stimulation. The following tips can help you establish a positive and enriching playtime routine for your baby:

  • For young babies, introduce them to toys with high contrast colors that also make some noise or sound. Two or three toys are optimal as a child gains comfort from recognizing the same toy and gaining mastery over it. As their confidence grows they will become more creative by using it in different ways. For example, the first month she might reach out to touch the bright colors on the toy and the following month try to rattle it to make noise. Safety note: Be sure that these toys are not so small that they present a choking hazard. A simple way to test this is to see if they fit through a toilet paper roll. If they do, they are too small.
  • For older babies, select toys or items that they can fill up and empty, stack, pull, push and eventually ride on. This can be as simple as a big Tupperware container that gets filled up with large blocks that they can empty out and then stack up.  Safety note: Any pull toy should have a string less than 12” long or it might present a strangulation hazard.

How to Tell When Playtime’s Over
Doctors specializing in children’s development, caution that you need to recognize your baby’s signals when she’s had enough playtime so she doesn’t get frustrated.

  • If your baby turns her head away from the toy, it could be a sign that she’s had enough and needs to process and digest the information she’s received.
  • Know your baby’s patterns and recognize when it’s the right time of the day for play and when it’s her quiet time. Playtime needs to be around her schedule not yours.
  • Don’t set expectations. Play should be fun, not forced.

Finally, enjoy! This is the time when you can have some fun too and be a wonderful role model for your child. Be silly, get your hands dirty, laugh out loud, dance and create great lasting memories for you and your child.

Our Picks for Parents

Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite Convertible Car Seat
Equip your vehicle with the only car seat you’ll ever need! The Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite convertible car seat grows with your child from infant to toddler to young child. Use for children 5-100 pounds and 19”-52” in height, it features a 4-position headrest and an adjustable harness that never needs rethreading! It can accommodate 5-35 pound children rear-facing, 20-40 pounds forward-facing, and 30-100 pounds in the belt-positioning booster mode. Easy to use, it reclines to 3 different positions with just one hand. Plus, you won’t find sippy cups all over the back seat because this car seat has a detachable cup holder, perfect for taking a drink on the road! With the Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite your children are not just riding in a seat which gives you peace of mind.
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Available at Wal-Mart.

(0-6 months)
Safety 1st Swift Read 3-in-1 Thermometer
Just in time for flu season, the Safety 1st Swift Read 3-in-1 Thermometer can be used to take an accurate temperature in as fast as 7 seconds either under the arm, orally or rectally. Featuring memory recall, it stores your last reading and beeps to let you know when your current reading is complete. It’s easy to clean and includes 10 covers so that everyone in the family can use it. With its large display you’ll be able to clearly read the results, even by the dim lighting of your child’s nightlight.
Available at Babies R Us
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(7 – 12 months)
Safety 1st Baby’s Deluxe Healthcare Collection
Perfect for both traveling and in-home use, now you can have your baby’s healthcare essentials in a compact, travel case ready for use at a moment’s notice. This collection includes a steady grip nail clipper with extra-large handle and comfortable grip to help quickly and effectively trim your baby’s nails without pinching little fingers, a clear tip nasal aspirator to quickly and conveniently remove excess mucus so your baby can breathe comfortably, an easy fill medicine syringe with a soft touch grip for a convenient way to dispense medicine, an easy fill medicine spoon with a soft touch grip that stands on its own so you can accurately pour in the correct dosage of medicine, a digital thermometer that provides a fast and accurate reading, 10 thermometer covers to ensure a clean probe tip, scissors with rounded tips and easy-grip handles to help trim your baby’s hair and nails, tweezers to help grasp and remove things like splinters, and 10 emery boards to gently smooth out your baby’s nails to prevent accidental scratching. Pack up and hit the road, this collection has got you covered.
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Available at Babies R Us

(13– 24 months)
Safety 1st Delightful Dreams Rocking Bouncer
Soothe your baby to sleep with the automatic side to side rocking motion of the Safety 1st Delightful Dreams Rocking Bouncer. Featuring a musical, light-up toy bar and soft, fleece seat with 3-position safety harness, it’s sure to keep your little one happy and entertained. The vibration provides ultimate relaxation while 5 songs play with lights and sounds. You can even lock it in place for stationary use when your baby falls asleep. The perfect answer for fussy babies!
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Available at Babies R Us

(24-36 months)
Safety 1st Potty ‘n Step Stool
Wow! It’s a potty, a trainer seat, and a step stool all in one! This potty has a comfortable contoured seat and is ideal for your little one who’s potty training. The trainer seat fits on top of your adult size toilet seat and has built-in handles for a steady grip. It also includes a removable deflector shield for boys. Close the lid and you have a 2-level children’s step stool. The Safety 1st Potty ‘n Step Stool, making your life easier!
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Available at Babies R Us, Toys R Us, Target, Kmart and Wal-Mart

(36+ months)
Safety 1st Tonka Dump Truck
Get ready to dump that dirt! This Safety 1st Tonka Dump Truck ride-on toy vehicle is built to be tough! Featuring a large truck bed and lots of great sounds--gravel dumping, construction site sounds, reverse beeping, now your child can conquer the tough backyard terrain or zoom up and down the driveway!
Available at Toys R Us
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A Note From Our Author

“The Three-Month Miracle”

So it finally arrived, Hannah’s three-month birthday. That miraculous turning point when you finally get into a routine, your baby gets into a routine and life gains some sense of normalcy again. I’ve heard so many moms say, “If I could just hibernate for the first ninety days everything would be fine.”

Unfortunately, I don’t know many moms who have that luxury. So, after the epidural wore off, my life became a blur of 2 a.m. feedings, three loads of laundry a day, explosive diapers and spit-up on all of my clothes. All while trying to make breakfast, lunch and dinner, shop for birthday presents, finish homework, keep my business running and maybe find ten seconds for a shower for myself. But, after counting down the days, her three-month birthday arrived. Moms, if you haven’t reached this milestone yet I promise you it’s the dawning of a new day! Hannah has become this amazing little person – laughing, cooing and trying her best to roll over. And while the 2 a.m. feedings are still happening, they’ve turned into a magical time that the two of us share.

Sometimes I think I can see her changing and growing right before my eyes. My older two now know the routine and really have become big helpers. All of us have come through the three-month adjustment period and lived to tell about it and now we can enjoy the new family dynamic together. The other day, I visited a friend at the maternity ward. I couldn’t believe it was only three months ago that I was there – it seems so long ago. And while I felt a little nostalgic that time is passing so quickly, I know the best is yet to come with my little girl!

Meet Our Author

Let me introduce myself. My name is Alison Rhodes and I live in Wilton, CT with my husband, three children and two dogs. My first child, Connor, died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in 1997 – he would have been 8 years old. My son Spencer is 7, my daughter Kelsey just turned 3 and we just had a little girl, Hannah this November. Needless to say, my life is crazy sometimes! I’ve teamed up with Safety 1st to develop this newsletter because I wanted to provide parents with important information on child safety. After Connor’s death, infant and child safety became my passion. I might not be able to prevent SIDS but if I can help prevent one childhood accident I’ve done something in honor of him.

When Kelsey turned three (she constantly reminds me that “she is a big girl now!”) we were able to remove some of the babyproofing items around our house such as the toilet locks and the baby gates. But now that our new daughter Hannah has arrived, it’s back to the drawing board. It’s amazing how quickly we forget all the things babies can get into when they start crawling! Check out this month’s articles to see what you might not have thought about. And the one thing I realize now as a “veteran mom” is to never put “to-do” items off until tomorrow, because tomorrow inevitably brings strep throat, extra homework or the trip to the store for the team uniform you forgot about. Since my husband Kenny and I are babyproofers you would think it would be easy to get everything done in time but it’s always the case of the shoemaker’s children. So, I’ve started giving him the ultimatum now that if he doesn’t get the gates back up he will be in charge of all diaper changes! I remember when I was pregnant with Connor – my baby registry included the layette, stroller, high chair and all of those beautiful blankets. But I never considered registering for the most important items – baby safety products. Wouldn’t it be great to have your entire house set up before the baby arrived, not just the nursery? So this time, after I buy Kelsey’s “big girl” furniture and set up the new nursery with her old furniture I’m going to have everything else in place as well.

Alison is the founder of Peek-a-Boo Babyproofing, a baby-safety company servicing Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. The company partners with parents to create a safer environment for infants and toddlers through education and installation of baby safety products. For additional baby safety tips visit their website at

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Q: I’m ready to convert my car seat to a booster seat. Should I still use the tether strap with the booster seat?
A: No. The lap/shoulder belt of your vehicle should be used to belt in the child and the child restraint.

Q: If my child is still under 1 year of age, but meets the weight and height guidelines for a forward-facing car seat, can I go ahead and place my child in the forward-facing position?
A: No. Even if your child meets the weight and height guidelines for a forward-facing car seat the child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until at least 1 year of age.

Q: When I install my child’s car seat with the LATCH and tether should I still use the vehicle seat belt as well?
A: No. The latch and tether are designed for use instead of the vehicle seat belts.

Q: Where can I have my car seat checked to ensure it is installed properly?
A: Visit to access the Child Passenger Safety Contact locator. Type in your zip code and you’ll receive contact information for a Child Safety Seat Inspection Station in your local area.

Q: What are the cleaning instructions for my child’s car seat?
A: The seat pad should be hand washed with warm, sudsy water, then rinsed and air-dried. The harness straps should be spot cleaned only, do not machine wash.


Q: How can I troubleshoot interference issues on my Safety 1st nursery monitor?
A: Other wireless products in your household may run on the same frequency as your monitor. Try unplugging anything in your home that could be creating the interference and then plug the monitor in for about a half hour so that a good connection is established. Once the monitor has established a good connection, you can begin plugging back in the other products in your home one at a time while checking to see if there is a particular product that is interfering with the monitor.

Q: Can I purchase additional transmitters for my monitor?
A: Safety 1st manufactures a variety of nursery monitors. Some are equipped to monitor one room while others are capable of monitoring two or even three rooms. Each nursery monitor is designed for use with a specified number of transmitters; therefore it’s not possible to add an additional transmitter to an existing product. Doing so could cause interference.


Q: How long should I charge the battery for my Safety 1st Ride On?
A: Always charge the battery for a FULL 24 HOURS the first time you use it. Always charge the battery for a FULL 16 HOURS after each use. Although the light indicator on the charger may be green, the battery may not be fully charged. Charge the battery once a month, even if you are not using the vehicle. Do not leave the battery on the charger for more than 30 HOURS.

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