Category: Family Health & Safety

Hip Hip Hooray for the CPSIA!

Chances are you celebrated something recently but it probably wasn’t the anniversary of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). But that’s exactly what we were celebrating over at Kids In Danger! August 14 marked the 5 year anniversary of this landmark safety legislation that, whether you know it or not, works every day to keep your kids safer.

One of the most important results of the CPSIA is the website. This site allows consumers to re...

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Laura Nikolovska

Backpack Basics for Healthier Kids

As experts in scoliosis – and other orthopedic and spine conditions – we at Shriners Hospitals for Children are passionate about backpack safety which promotes good spine health. As your kiddos head back to school, please follow these important tips to ensure safe backpack wear.

Facts About Backpacks

Used correctly, backpacks can be a good way to carry all the books, supplies and personal items needed for a typical school day. Backpacks are designed to distribute


Posted on September 09, 2013 at 9:44 AM by Cathleen Himes

Help with identifying food intolerances

Food is supposed to help children grow up healthy and strong. But for a growing number of kids, something as innocuous as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, scrambled eggs, or a glass of milk can cause problems -- and this can be a major source of anxiety for parents, not to mention much discomfort for the child.

While a growing number of children are diagnosed with food allergies, a 2010 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed the prevalence of food allergy ...

Posted on August 30, 2013 at 7:34 AM by Dr Sarah Weber

Safety First: Questions for your childcare provider

There are so many factors that are important when choosing the right child care provider, but above all else we want our children cared for in a safe environment.Kids In Danger has pulled together a list of safety questions to ask your provider to make sure your child is in a safe space.

2-3 children’s products are recalled a week for safety hazards, how do you keep up with children’s products recalls?

The provider should tell you they are signed up to receive r...

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Laura Nikolovska

Safer Home with a Smartphone: 4 Apps That Can Help Create a More Secure Family Environment

If you're like a lot of new parents today, you probably feel as though you couldn't have survived those first few months without a smartphone for late night time checks and frantic questions. Once you're past the first stage of getting used to your new family member, however, your smartphone comes in handy on a whole new level. Smartphone apps are now available that can monitor and in some cases even control several aspects of your home such as:

Lighting levels


Posted on August 08, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Jay Harris

Safe Summer Fun

No matter where you spend your sunny summer days, KID wants to make sure that they are safe summer days. That’s why we created our Summer Safety flyer which can provide families great summer product safety tips. Below are some highlights from that flyer. Feel free to contact Laura if you would like to order copies of the Summer Safety flyer or go ahead and download this document or others from our educational materials page.

Don’t forget to keep checking for recalls during ...

Posted on July 10, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Laura Nikolovska

Going Gluten Free - One Parent's Perspective

Earlier this year, my preschooler was diagnosed with sensitivities to just about every food you can possibly imagine – gluten, corn, soy, milk, nuts – the list goes on and on. Feeling guilty and overwhelmed but not discouraged, we immediately started overhauling our fridge and pantry, scrambling to identify and stock up on foods our child actually COULD eat.

Naturally we turned to the Neighborhood Parents Network (NPN) for help. Our go-to resource for every parenting c...

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

3 Tips for Fueling Your Littlest Athletes

Everyone is busy, especially parents who have children that participate in sports.  It is rare to find parents who have the amount of time to prepare every meal, every day.  Parents are running back and forth, from place to place, transporting their young athletes to practices or games.  There are easy ways to ensure that your child gets the vital nutrition he/she needs before their game or practice.  Let’s take a look at three quick and easy fueling tips:


Posted on June 20, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Matt Klein

Your Car Seat Safety Questions - Answered!

Did you know that more than 73% of car seats are not used or installed correctly? In an effort to reduce misuse and confusion, Kids in Danger (KID) has compiled some of the most common questions we get about car seat use and installation and asked Jess Choi, Coalition Coordinator for Safe Kids Chicago for an expert’s answers.

Question: How do I know if my car seat is safe to use with my child?

Answer: The first step in using a car seat safely is to make sure it has not been r...

Posted on June 19, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Laura Nikolovska

A Parent's Common Sense Guide to Water Safety

I think every parent understands that gut-wrenching feeling of being near a body of water and knowing that your children are not capable of swimming. A few summers ago, my husband and I spent many sleepless nights worrying about that very thing when we planned a vacation with a nearby pool - our children were not strong swimmers. It was an experience that I truly believe led me to open a swim school in the city. As the owner of Goldfish Swim School, in Roscoe Village, and a mother mys...

Posted on May 28, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Kathy Ryan