August 2006

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Fashion Forward

Add a little spring to your step and bring style to your little one.

Here at Safety 1st we know you want nothing but the best for your baby, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your fabulous sense of fashion.

Your baby gear should reflect your sense of style, and our fashion team understands that. So in this month’s edition we’re sharing some of our top Safety 1st Fashion Collections which showcase a broad spectrum of designs from classic and traditional, to sophisticated and contemporary, all made with richly appointed fabrics that are sure to compliment your lifestyle.

We may be fashionable, but safety’s always first, so this month we’re also bringing you helpful tips and tricks to solve summer woes including handling sunburn and other heat-related injuries, and how to take the sting out of insect bites, ticks, and bee stings.

How to Handle Sunburn and Other Heat-Related Injuries

When the temperatures of August shoot up, it’s hard to think of doing anything except hanging out at the pool or beach. It’s easy to lose track of time when having fun in the sun and that’s when the danger of sunburn and heat-related injuries occurs. Children especially are susceptible to heat injuries because they absorb more heat than adults on a hot day.

Sunburn is either a first or second-degree burn and is categorized by blistering and deep reddening of the skin. To treat sunburn:

  1. Calm the burn under cool water for five to ten minutes. Do not put ice on it!
  2. Soak your child in a lukewarm bath
  3. Drink lots of water

Any child under one with sunburn should be seen by a doctor immediately.

Heat-Related Injuries
There are three other types of heat-related injuries: heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.

  • Heat cramps are an early warning sign that the body is having difficulty adjusting to the heat and is characterized by severe muscle pain and spasms. 
  • Heat exhaustion occurs when the body has lost fluid through heavy sweating during exercise. Symptoms include: extreme sweating, dry mouth, fatigue, and weakness. 
  • Heat stroke is the most severe of the three types of heat-related injuries and is considered a medical emergency. Signs that a child has experienced heat stroke include: high temperature (104° or higher); hot, dry, red skin; no sweating; confusion, deep breathing, and possibly a loss of consciousness.

If you suspect your child has any of these injuries, seek medical attention immediately. 

Children are usually unaware of how long they’ve been playing in the sun so pay close attention to the time. Make sure they drink plenty of fluids and take breaks in the shade often. Drinks with electrolytes such as Gatorade® brand or other sport drinks are beneficial in addition to water. And, as always, make sure they are protected with a sunscreen containing an SPF of 45 or higher.

Taking the Sting Out of Ticks, Bees, and Spiders

No matter where you live in the country, insect bites are a painful (and itchy!) reality for anyone spending time outdoors. While the insects and treatment might differ, the goals are always the same – prevent infection, be alert for an allergic reaction, and stop the pain and itching.

An Ounce of Prevention
Before sending your kids outside, make sure they’re protected as much as possible against insect bites and stings. Dress them in light colored clothing so that it’s easier to see any ticks or spiders on them. Whenever possible, if they will be playing in tall grass or in the woods, dress them in long pants that are tucked into their socks. Also, avoid the use of scented soaps and shampoos that could attract bees. Currently, many doctors recommend the use of a product named Permethrin which kills ticks on contact. It can be purchased at outdoor equipment stores that carry camping or hunting gear. One application to pants, socks, and shoes typically stays effective through several washings. Permethrin should not be applied directly to skin, and since it’s being used only on clothing it is generally considered appropriate for use with children of any age.

While deer ticks are mostly found in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, there have been reported cases of Lyme Disease in almost every state. It’s critical that you check your children every day after they come in from playing and immediately have them change their clothes. If you do find a tick on your child, remove it with pointed tweezers and pull straight up. Save the tick, as your doctor might want to send it out for testing. Also, note on your calendar when you discovered the tick so you can watch for symptoms of Lyme Disease or another tick borne illness (yes, there are several other tick-borne diseases besides Lyme Disease). Keep in mind that many people will get the telltale bull’s eye mark if infected, but not all. The most common symptoms of a tick-borne illness are similar to the flu: headache, nausea, high fever, and muscle aches. Call your doctor immediately if your child has any of these symptoms.

Bee Stings
Although bee stings are painful and usually upsetting for a child, only a few children have serious reactions to them. If your child is stung, get the stinger out as quickly as possible, preferably by scraping it out sideways, as this should prevent more venom from entering the body. Wash the area thoroughly with soap and water and leave an ice pack on the area for 10 to 30 minutes. You can also apply a topical hydrocortisone cream and administer a dose of an antihistamine to control any allergic reaction. Watch carefully for signs of a severe allergic reaction such as shortness of breath, vomiting, or hives particularly if this is the first time your child has been stung. If you notice any of these symptoms, or if the sting occurred in her nose or mouth, call your doctor immediately.

Spider Bites
Most spider bites will only cause a mild reaction in children and will not require medical attention. Usually, your child won’t even know she was bitten but if she experiences pain, you see a red mark and/or you notice two small punctures it’s likely she was. To treat, simply wash the area with soap and water, apply an ice pack, and elevate the area to slow the spread of the venom. If, however, your child develops a rash, the area begins to look infected, or she was bitten by a brown recluse or black widow spider, check with your doctor immediately. Occasionally, a severe allergic reaction may occur. Symptoms include:

  1. Shortness of breath
  2. Swelling of the face
  3. Dizziness or fainting
  4. Nausea and/or abdominal pain

If your child exhibits any of these symptoms get her to a doctor immediately.

When your children are old enough, teach them to be alert for bees and how to check themselves for tick bites. While it’s not always possible to avoid a bite or sting, taking cautionary measures can go a long way to preventing pain, itching, and potential illness.

Top Fashion Collections of 2006

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Ivy Cottage
Like a warm summer afternoon in Paris, the Safety 1st Ivy Cottage collection features French-inspired plaid fashions that are traditional and classic, yet refined and warm.
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Big Ted
Fresh modern fashion is showcased in the Safety 1st Big Ted collection. Crisp colors and cute, cuddly bears provide a fun and entertaining look for your baby.
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Richly-appointed, home-décor inspired fashion makes up the Safety 1st Signature collection. Traditional and classic, it exudes comfort with its plush, suede-like fabric and quilted texture.
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High tech fashion meets comfort in the Safety 1st Sahara collection. Fresh blends of neutral colors provide a soothing and relaxing atmosphere for your baby.
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A Note From Our Author

It’s Just a Change of Scenery!

We just returned from our family summer vacation to Shelter Island, NY. Every year, since my oldest child was born, we’ve rented a house on this wonderful little island where we create great memories and embark on new adventures. The island’s activities include: playing at the beach, visiting the ice cream shop, and the occasional game of miniature golf. We all love these lazy days away from home, but, as I was finally able to explain to my husband, with three small children it’s not really a vacation – it’s just a change of scenery! For my kids (and sometimes my husband) our time away might be considered relaxing and stress-free – but for me it’s anything but.

Getting ready for a trip to the beach takes almost as much planning and work as getting ready for school. Packing lunches, snacks, beach toys, beach towels, finding sunscreen, getting everyone dressed and out the door while ignoring the sibling bickering – takes at least an hour and a half. Then, of course, once we actually get to the beach, each child wants to do something different. Spencer, my eight year old, wants to play Marco Polo which requires participation by me or my husband since Kelsey, my three year old, is too young to play. Kelsey wants someone to build sand castles with her but someone also needs to stay with the baby, Hannah. Then, just when we think we’re able to pull it off and somehow please everyone, it’s time for lunch! 

I do find it amazing that somehow, during these vacations, my husband manages to read the paper, take naps, and play some rounds of golf while I’m unpacking suitcases, planning outings, packing picnics, and orchestrating rainy day activities. Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy this time tremendously, I just have a hard time calling it “vacation.” Vacation to me is lying on a beach chair, dozing off with a trashy novel, and having the pool boy bring me a fruity drink with a little umbrella in it. For vacations with kids there should be some other descriptive phrase like “Family Recess,” or “Kids Rule Week.” Perhaps someone should run a contest to come up with the name. The winner could receive a cook, driver, housekeeper, and babysitter for their next family getaway. 

I know that as my kids get older it will become easier and I might even miss the chaos of all this, but after unpacking all of the suitcases and doing five loads of laundry, I’m going to escape to my bathtub and dream of my tropical island fantasy vacation.   

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 9 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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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?
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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.


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