Category: Health & Safety

3 ways to improve your kid's behavior & mood |




Childhood is supposed to be a happy carefree time. But today’s world places more stress on children than ever before. Combined factors such as living in a more challenging and hectic environment, meeting increased demands for extra activities, coping with problems at home, and internalizing pressure from parents and classmates can produce more stress on a child than he or she can handle.


Alarmingly, the incidence of anxiety, depression and A...

Posted on May 12, 2016 at 11:06 AM by Dr Sarah Weber

Discount on swim lessons at British Swim School |

Is your family water safe?

May is National Water Safety Month, and British Swim School would like all families to be water safe. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children under five years of age in the U.S.: 70% of all preschoolers who drown are in the care of one or both parents at the time, and 33% occur at the home of friends, neighbors or relatives. A child can drown in the time it takes to answer a telephone. And still 58% of parents do not consider drowning to be ...

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 10:00 AM by Ellie Ander

4 surprising benefits of wearing your baby |

Photo credit: Courtesy Xza Higgins




Have you heard the expression, "Worn babies are happy babies?" The expression doesn't come out of nowhere. For centuries, across different continents, babywearing has been a cultural norm. However, the concept of babywearing has only increased in popularity in the USA in recent years. So, why the sudden trend? Because we have all started to realize that babies that are held are happier, healthier and dare we say, ...

Posted on May 09, 2016 at 10:06 AM

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