Orajel, Benzocaine, and Teething – What Parents Should Know

Natalie Rosseau, Kristine Chin, and Simon Essig Aberg National Center for Health Research When babies start to get teeth, it can be painful–and no parent wants to see their baby suffer! But teething gels have risks as well as benefits. … Continue reading

Comments to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission regarding supplemental mattresses

October 13, 2015. The National Center for Health Research supports Keeping Babies Safe’s (KBS) petition that requests a ban on supplemental mattresses for play yards with non-rigid sides. These mattresses present an unreasonable risk of injury or death (suffocation) to infants and toddlers. Continue reading

Are Bisphenol A (BPA) plastic products safe for infants and children?

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used to make plastics, and is frequently used in baby bottles, sports equipment, water bottles, medical devices, and as a coating in food and beverage cans. Continue reading

Infant sleep positioners are dangerous

Two government agencies and the American Academy of Pediatrics are warning parents and other caregivers not to put babies in sleep positioning products as two recent deaths underscore concerns about suffocation. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the warning after reviewing reports of 12 known infant deaths associated with the products.
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Rock-a-bye baby, chemicals and all: the health risks posed by crib mattresses

In recent years, the safety regulations for cribs have increased yet little attention has been given to the safety of crib mattresses. A new study finds that an alarming number of mattresses contain chemicals that may pose serious health risks for infants. Continue reading

Can cleanliness increase the risk of allergies and asthma?

Is being too clean bad for your health? Research indicates that some of the products we use to avoid germs may contribute to the development of conditions like asthma and allergies. Continue reading

Toys-R-Dangerous? What you need to know about children’s products and recalls

In recent years, an increasing number of toys and products have been pulled off the shelves because they were found to be harmful to children. According to Consumers Union, toy recall levels reached a record high in 2007, with over 20 million toys recalled for having lead or other hazards. In fact, 2007 was often referred to as “the year of the recall.” Continue reading