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By contactus@steppingstonepediatrics.com
October 14, 2015
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October is SIDS Awareness Month. 

Did you know that about 3500 babies die of suddenly & unexpectedly each year in the United States. These deaths are the result of unknown causes, Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed (ASSB), and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

The Safe to Sleep® campaign (formerly known as Back to Sleep®) aims to educate parents, caregivers, and health care providers about ways to reduce to the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death. Over the past two decades, we’ve made great progress in helping to reduce the risk of SIDS by more than 50 percent across the country, as a whole. However, disparities still exist.  For example, African American infants are twice as likely as white infants to die of SIDS. Similarly, American Indian/Alaska Native infants are three times as likely as white infants to die of SIDS.

How can you make a safe sleep environment?

·         Always place baby on his or her back to sleep for all sleep times, including naps.

·         Have the baby share your room, not your bed. Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else. Try room sharing—keeping baby's sleep area in the same room next to where you sleep

·         Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib, covered by a fitted sheet

·         Keep soft objects, toys, pillows, crib bumpers, and loose bedding out of your baby's sleep area

·         Dress your baby in no more than one layer of clothing more than an adult would wear to be comfortable, and leave the blanket out of the crib. A one-piece sleeper or wearable blanket can be used for sleep clothing. Keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for an adult.

Please check out the following links:

o   Parents’ Guide to Safe Sleep

o   A grandparents brochure on safe infant sleep (English and en español)

o   A safe sleep environment one-pager (English and en español)

​Source & Written by: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 


By contactus@steppingstonepediatrics.com
October 08, 2015
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Ground Rules for Safe “Trick or Treating”

Written by: Steven Marcus, MD, Executive and Medical Director

Bruce Ruck, Pharm.D., Director, Drug Information and Professional Education

New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES)

Experts at the NJ Poison Center urge parents and caregivers to be alert and take precautions to avoid dangerous mishaps while celebrating Halloween this year. Be sure to keep Trick-or treaters safe!

“Halloween is one of the busiest times of the year for the doctors, nurses, and pharmacists answering calls for help on our 24 hour hotline,” said Steven Marcus, MD, executive and medical director of the state’s poison center. “This time of year, we get calls about anything from bug bites to stomach aches (usually due to consumption of too much candy—not necessarily tainted candy). Mishaps can occur at any time, and being prepared and informed about how to handle them in advance can ensure a happy outcome.”

A topic unique to this time of year is the “accidental” ingestion of glow stick liquid. “The substance in glow sticks is not a toxin, just an irritant,” said Marcus. “But very often, parents call 9-1-1 or spend hours in the emergency room, only to be told that the resulting sore throat and upset stomach will be self-limited and not produce any long term problem—advice that would have been quickly provided over the phone by one of our poison experts.” Although such exposures rarely produce any other problem, it is best to call and check with the poison experts to be sure. “While family members and internet searches may have some answers, these are not the best ways to get immediate help,” Marcus cautioned. “Calling the poison center at 1-800-222-1222 is always the fastest way to get the professional help or information you need in potential poisoning cases.” Time is of the essence in such situations.

Those who choose to not do anything are placing themselves or a loved one at risk. “Keeping the number by the home phone and/or programming it as a contact in cell phones would be a very good idea,” said Dr. Marcus.

Experts offer these safety tips to reduce the risk of childhood poisoning injuries:

• Children should be accompanied by an adult when “trick or treating”

• Go only to homes of people known to you

• Avoid homemade treats

• Use non-toxic makeup to paint faces and body parts

• Teach children not to consume food items, drinks or treats that may be offered, until an adult has thoroughly checked them

• Throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious treats

• Make sure any items that can cause choking, such as hard candy, are given to children of an appropriate age to avoid choking

• Do not let children give treats to pets; chocolates and raisins may be poisonous to animals

• Dispose of tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers properly to void children and pets choking on them if swallowed

• Keep all medicines out of children’s reach

• Teach your child that medicine is not candy

• Lock up medications, especially those that can be mistaken for candy

 

Do not take chances by waiting until symptoms. If an exposure occurs, it’s good to know help is just a phone call away. If someone is unconscious, not breathing, seizing/convulsing, bleeding profusely, difficult to arouse/wake up, etc. call 911 immediately, otherwise call the NJ Poison Experts at (1-800-222-1222).

 




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