Category: Health & Safety

Overheard on the NPN forum: The dreaded pink eye

Could there be a more disgusting and contagious, though relatively benign, virus than pink eye? If your child is in daycare or school or in any communes with the outside world, chance are she will contract pink eye at some point. And probably more than once. And because it's so highly contagious, you'll probably get it, too. Fun!

One of our members posted on the NPN discussion forum that she noticed the tell-tale yellow goop in her toddler's eyes recently. This mom had some leftov...

Posted on January 08, 2016 at 9:57 AM by Laura Baginski

What you need to know about window blind safety

At the beginning of October, IKEA announced that it will only carry blinds with no cords or inaccessible cords in all of its global stores by January 2016. Kids In Danger (KID) spoke to Linda Kaiser from Parents for Window Blind Safety to find out what this change means in terms of ongoing safety and what parents can do to keep their kids safe with regards to window blinds. 


What makes this move a big win for window blind safety?

This sets the tone for other retailers to...

Posted on November 19, 2015 at 12:59 PM by Laura Nikolovska

The dangers of drawstrings

Nearly 20 years ago, as 13-year-old Brandi Browder stepped off the bus, the drawstring on her coat snagged on the bus's handrail. She fell, the bus drove off and Brandi was killed. Her tragic death provided momentum to efforts to regulate and ban drawstrings on children’s clothing.


Over the two decades following Brandi’s death, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has developed and strengthened safety standards regarding children’s clothing drawstrings, as these pose strangulat...

Posted on October 20, 2015 at 11:06 AM by Laura Nikolovska

Caring for a child with asthma

If your child has asthma, or you suspect he or she might, you likely have a lot of questions about care and prevention. Dr. B. Louise Giles, an asthma expert at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, answers the most common parent questions. 


Is my child at risk for developing asthma? 

Your child is at greater risk if your family has a history of asthma and/or allergies, and if he or she was exposed to tobacco smoke before or after birth. Asthma is...

Posted on September 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM by Laura Baginski

How does our childcare safety regulations compare to other states?

Most states have recently worked to change the rules on background checks for childcare workers or immunization requirements for childcare centers, but what about child product safety rules? Do you know if Illinois allows childcare facilities to use dangerous products? What about other states?


Recalled children’s products
The danger: According to a Kids In Danger (KID) report, from 2005-2014 recalled children’s products caused at least 2,464 injuries and 57 deaths. Th...

Posted on August 24, 2015 at 12:00 PM by Laura Nikolovska

5 Safety Rules for Grandparents

Grandparents play a vital role in their grandchildren’s lives. 

They provide extra loving care when parents need a break and are a wealth of knowledge for tips and tricks to help new parents figure out the ropes. However, some things have changed in recent years, especially in regards to what we know about safety. In other words, what may have worked with your children may not be what is recommended as safe for your grandchildren.

To make sure you are up-to-date on the newest safet...

Posted on June 11, 2015 at 11:44 AM by Laura Nikolovska

5 Tips For Making Healthy Choices

Yes, it’s winter in Chicago and it’s freezing. I don’t know why it always seems like such a surprise to me...I’ve only lived her for 13 years. But if there is anything that my time here has taught me, it’s that the Chicago summer can make you forget almost anything. So everyone close your eyes for a moment and visualize that Lakefront Trail and beautiful Skyline with a blue sky behind it. Feel it- that sunshine, hitting your face and soaking through to your bones. Take a deep breath and br...

Posted on February 21, 2015 at 7:02 PM by Jackie Dorris

How to Safely Remove Little Fingerprints from Phones and Tablets

Ever look at your smartphone or tablet and wonder how those little fingerprints go on the screen? Worst yet, you break out your iPhone and the screen is all sticky? If you have babies and toddlers, then here's the best way to safely remove fingerprints from your phone or tablet.

Dirty Fingerprints - How Did They Get there

If you're a parent, chances are that you're no stranger to this scenario: you're in a crowded restaurant when your toddler begins fussing. Your attempts to reason...

Posted on January 08, 2015 at 8:00 AM by Sarah Kellner

Top 4 Holiday Safety Tips from Chicago CPR!

The holidays bring friends and family together in a magical way.  But the holidays also come with increased safety hazards, such as poisoning and choking. A little extra attention can go a long way in preventing emergencies.  Chicago CPR offers 4 simple steps to keep kids safe this holiday season: 


1.  Choose your holiday decorations wisely. Small ornaments and tinsel are choking hazards for young children and pets. Anything that you can fit through the opening of a standard toil...

Posted on December 08, 2014 at 8:00 AM by kim wilschek

9 Social Media Rules for First Time Parents

I’ve been seeing a lot of weird stuff on social media lately and I thought it was time to say it aloud.

Dear FTP (or First Time Parent),

As much as you try to filter yourself, you’re annoying. And I mean that in the best way possible. You love your kids and you want to share them with the world.  They are indeed, ridiculously cute. Well, most of them are.

I get it. There isn’t etiquette per se on how to manage your social media feeds once your first baby arrives, so I thought I...

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 7:55 AM by Christa Reed