Emerging Health Risk: Every Day More than 30 Children Get into Liquid Laundry Packets

Simple precautions can prevent serious harm.


Washington, D.C. – With liquid laundry packets gaining in popularity, now used by 20 percent of U.S. households, parents need to be aware of this emerging risk for children. Between 2012 and 2013, more than 700 children 5 and under experienced serious effects as a result of liquid laundry packets, with the impact greatest among 1 and 2 year olds. In fact, the poison centers received more than 33,000 calls from 2012 through May 2015.

Safe Kids Worldwide, and Tide and Gain, have teamed up to teach parents about keeping kids safe around liquid laundry packets.

Download the infographic and safety tips.

“Young children are explorers, and as they develop, often learn by touch and by putting things into their mouths,” said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “With the increasing popularity of liquid laundry packets, it’s especially important to make parents aware of the importance of keeping them out of the reach and hands of children.”

These packets are a concentrated, single-dose product designed to dissolve in water, so when they come in contact with wet hands or mouths, they start to dissolve and might release the concentrated liquid inside.

If children get into laundry packets, the health risk can be significant. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, children can experience loss of consciousness, difficulty breathing, excessive vomiting, severe eye burns, and temporary vision loss.

“Fortunately, the solution to protect children in the home against potential poisoning is simple,” said Carr. “It’s making sure that families and caregivers know what to do to ensure a serious incident doesn’t happen in the home, and what to do if help is needed.”

To prevent poisoning, Safe Kids, and Tide and Gain, offer simple tips to keep children safe:

  • Keep liquid laundry packets out of children’s reach and sight.
  • Keep packets in their original container and keep the container closed.
  • If a child gets into them, call the Poison Help number immediately, 1-800-222-1222.

“At P&G, safety is our number one priority,” said Shailesh Jejurikar, P&G’s North America Fabric Care and New Business Development President. “Most of us are parents too, and we want families to use our products safely.  Our Up, Up, and Away campaign and our partnership with Safe Kids Worldwide will support families with information and tools to create safe home environments.  We deeply respect and admire the work that Safe Kids Worldwide does in helping reduce the amount of preventable injuries and know that they will be great partners in equipping families with laundry safety information and tools.”

About Safe Kids Worldwide

Safe Kids Worldwide is a nonprofit organization working to prevent childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Throughout the world, almost one million children die of an injury each year, and almost every one of these tragedies is preventable. Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 400 coalitions in the U.S. and with partners in more than 25 countries to reduce traffic injuries, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more. Since 1988, Safe Kids has helped reduce the U.S. childhood death rate from unintentional injury by 60 percent. Working together, we can do much more for kids everywhere. Join our effort at safekids.org.

About Procter & Gamble

P&G serves approximately 5 billion people around the world with its brands. The company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Pampers®, Tide®, Ariel®, Always®, Whisper®, Pantene®, Mach3®, Bounty®, Dawn®, Fairy®, Gain®, Charmin®, Downy®, Lenor®, Iams®, Crest®, Oral-B®, Duracell®, Olay®, Head & Shoulders®, Wella®, Gillette®, Braun®, Fusion®, Ace®, Febreze®, Ambi Pur®, SK-II®, and Vicks®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

Baby Tabloid 6/15/15

One of my guilty pleasures is getting my copy of US Weekly every Friday & digging into the mindless escape of celebrity drama.  As a

busy mom, it is something for me that is purely pleasure.  However, I always seem to find something related to pregnancy and/or babies in there so I’m challenging myself to share with you the baby tabloid each week.  Plus then I can count my reading time as “working,” right?!

The current issue features Kelly Clarkson’s 12 month old daughter, River, going to work with her mom.   The photo spread shows her strolling backstage at the Billboard Music Awards, sitting in Blake Shelton’s chair on The Voice, and with her mom on while shooting a music video.


I realize that this is pretty glamorous compared to most mom’s work environments, and that celebrities have a lot more leeway than many of us, but I love the idea of taking our babies to work with us.  Working moms have to try and find that balance somewhere, and our children learn so much from their exposure to possibilities in life.

Do you have a work situation where you are able to bring your child(ren) along?

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Safe Kids Worldwide CEO Kate Carr Join D.C. Students to Call for Safer Roads for Children

Anthony Foxx

Event at D.C.’s Shepherd Elementary School is one of hundreds around the world during Global Road Safety Week

Washington D.C. (May 5, 2015) – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx (pictured left with student Laterra Dakka), D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Safe Kids Worldwide CEO Kate Carr joined students, parents and faculty today at D.C.’s Shepherd Elementary School to raise awareness and advocate for changes that will improve road safety for kids.

According to a multi-country research report by Safe Kids Worldwide, Safe Roads Safe Kids: Global Road Safety for Children, road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among children ages 5 to 19, both in the United States and around the world. In fact, globally, more than 500 children are killed on or around roads every day, and tens of thousands are injured, often with lifelong disabilities.

To address this issue, the United Nations has designated May 4 – 10 as Global Road Safety Week, with special attention on the safety of children. The event at Shepherd Elementary was one of hundreds of events taking place around the world as part of the #SaveKidsLives campaign, which is focused on delivering the Child Declaration for road safety, a document drafted by children, to policymakers at all levels.

More than 100,000 people have signed the Child Declaration thus far, including the students at Shepherd Elementary School. Students then delivered the signed Declaration to Secretary Foxx and Mayor Bowser, calling for strong action to enhance safety for children.

“Making the road safer for our kids means stressing how important it is for kids to wear a helmet and cross at the crosswalk,” said Secretary Foxx. “We also have to make sure our roads are safe for our children, which means investing in sidewalks, bike lanes and technologies that will protect pedestrians of all ages.”

“I am committed to taking a comprehensive approach to transportation safety,” said Mayor Bowser. “From behavior to road design, we will make Washington a safer place to visit, live and play. Initiatives like Global Road Safety Week play a crucial role to improve road safety for children in the District and around the globe.”

Chief of Police Cathy L. Lanier and National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator Mark R. Rosekind also attended the event, which was sponsored by FedEx and the General Motors Foundation.

“In support of UN Global Road Safety Week, FedEx is sponsoring dozens of related events with Safe Kids Worldwide across the U.S. and around the world,” said Matthew Thornton, III, senior vice president, U.S. Operations, FedEx Express. “Safety is a core value at FedEx. Working with Safe Kids over the last 15 years, FedEx has helped reach more than 10 million children around the world with lifesaving road safety programs.”

“General Motors and the General Motors Foundation have proudly supported Safe Kids Worldwide for nearly two decades,” said Greg Martin, executive director, General Motors Company and GM Foundation Board Member. “Through a variety of programs, GM, its dealers, and employees work hard around the world to keep children and families safe in and around cars. Keeping the spotlight and focus on road safety will help to deliver even more safety gains and that’s why we fully back and applaud the efforts of all during Global Road Safety Week.”

The Safe Roads Safe Kids: Global Road Safety for Children research report combined findings from 6,000 parents surveyed in six countries: Brazil, China, India, Qatar, South Africa and the United States.

The report revealed that more than 90 percent of parents surveyed in Brazil, China, India, Qatar and South Africa want more to be done to improve road safety for children. And in India, 66 percent of parents surveyed think it is likely their child will be seriously hurt in a road traffic crash in the next year.

“Global road safety for children is an overlooked but very real health epidemic,” said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “It is time for us to join hands to comprehensively improve road safety for children. Working together we can protect our most vulnerable road users – children walking to school, riding bicycles and traveling in cars and motorcycles.”

Safe Kids Worldwide is also sponsoring Global Road Safety Week events in more than 60 locations in almost 20 countries to reach policymakers who can make a difference in the lives of children.

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About Safe Kids Worldwide
Safe Kids Worldwide is a nonprofit organization working to prevent childhood injury, the number one cause of death to children in the United States. Throughout the world, almost one million children die of an injury each year, and almost every one of these tragedies is preventable. Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 500 coalitions in the U.S. and with partners in more than 25 countries to reduce traffic injuries, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more. Since 1988, Safe Kids has helped reduce the U.S. childhood death rate from unintentional injury by 60 percent. Working together, we can do much more for kids everywhere. Join our effort at safekids.org.

About #SaveKidsLives
#SaveKidsLives is the worldwide and official campaign for the Third United Nations Global Road Safety Week (4-10 May 2015). The campaign is calling for action to save children’s lives on the roads around the world. It does so by highlighting the plight of children on the roads; generating worldwide action to better ensure the safety of children on the roads; and calling for inclusion of safe and sustainable transport in the post-2015 development agenda. The campaign operates on the principles of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 and is managed by a broad coalition of members from the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration.

The Milky Way

I had an opportunity to attend a screening of the documentary The Milky Way last night. I already knew a lot of the information presented in the film from my own education, but it the milky way
was nice to see it all put together in a easy to watch format. It did a great job of exploring why the United States is so far behind the rest of the world with breastfeeding success rates.

The movie was released on April 26th, 2014 and has been screened all over the United States. We have been lucky enough in North Iowa to have had the chance to view it twice, with the first showing held during the North Iowa Breastfeeding Coalition meeting in March. According to the foundation’s website, it will be released for public viewing on May 5th.

I would recommend that all moms, health care providers, and tax payers watch this documentary. My favorite part was the inclusion of the statistic that $13 billion could be saved each year if 90% of mothers breastfed for 6 months, but currently only 15% are. That is so sad for me, and moms need the support to make that happen. Babies deserve it, and the state of our future generations depend on it.

The myth of the unique baby name

I was really excited to see that the Today Show did a segment today on family centered cesareans. It is such an important topic to be discussed, especially in mainstream media. As I began to read the article and got to the first picture of the family interviewed, it wasn’t the beautiful image of the baby skin-to-skin on the operating table that jumped out at me, but the caption below it. There it was in black and white: “Monique Reese welcomes her son Brevyn…” What a minute–that is my baby name that I had made up (or so I thought) for my daughter!

I was pregnant with my first daughter in 2006 when a show called Private Practice was popular on tv.  The main character’s first name was Addison.  I had found this name already in the baby book, liked the meaning and picked my spelling–Addyson.  I did watch the show, and the more I heard it, the more I liked it.  Well, many other moms must have thought the same thing and her name ended up in the top 10 most popular baby names in 2007, the year she was born.

For my 2nd daughter, I wanted to make sure she wasn’t in a class with multiple other girls who shared her name (as I always was).  There was nothing that ever seemed quite right for a girl’s name in all the baby books and during the discussions I had with her father.  Then while in early labor, I went though walks through the cemetery across from our house.  During one, I spotted a last name that started with “Brev” and thought I could do something creative with that.  Adding a “y” (I like those for girl’s names) and finished it off with a consonant since her middle name began with a vowel.  Her dad agreed on it and it seemed to fit our perfect little person.

It is still a name that most people remark that they have never heard before and agree is beautiful.  Only once have I heard a negative comment that it sounds like a boy name.  I let those slide of my back, as she is our Brevyn–the perfect unique (hoping it stays that way) name to fit our unique daughter.

Too many babies dying in the US

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Too many babies are dying in the U.S.

CBS News reported today that the United States is now ranked as 25th in the world for infant mortality. This applies to babies who die within the first year of their birth, not including stillborns. This is due to a number of reasons, including babies being born much earlier than they used to, but our worst rates are babies born 37 weeks and later that appear overall healthy. That to me is the scary statistic. Why do we have so many babies dying from things like SIDS that have no known cause? The first comment in the story was a link that I had heard before, and I find very interesting. The person posted that “The US also has the highest number of recommended vaccinations of these countries – 36 before age 5. Finland and Japan have the lowest recommended number of vaccines (12 and 11 respectively), and have the *lowest* mortality rates of these countries. Probably not the single contributing factor, but most likely not a coincidence.”

What other factors do you think are causing this, and how can we do better?

HHS awards $65 million in Healthy Start grants to reduce infant mortality

HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today released $65 million in grants to help 87 organizations in 33 states reduce high infant mortality rates and other health problems related to pregnancy and mothers’ health.

Healthy Start is targeted to the needs of vulnerable mothers and infants in areas of the country with disproportionately high rates of infant mortality.  Twenty-two of these awardees serve rural communities, four will serve the United States-Mexico border, and three programs will serve a predominately Native American population.  Also, 22 organizations will be using these funds to create Healthy Start programs for the first time.

“These funds will help to empower pregnant women by giving them the resources they need to improve their own health and the health of their babies,” said Secretary Burwell. “More than 56,000 women and children will benefit from these services.”

The Healthy Start program, which is managed by HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration, began in 1991 but has been redesigned to use evidence-based strategies and to improve program performance. Applicants for this grant cycle were required to design programs around five key strategies that have been found to reduce health disparities and adverse perinatal outcomes. All grantees are required to undertake specific activities under each strategy:

  • Improve women’s health, with a focus on access to care
  • Promote quality services
  • Strengthen family resilience
  • Achieve collective community impact
  • Increase program accountability

“This transformation of Healthy Start will help communities with high infant mortality rates work more effectively to improve maternal health and birth outcomes.” said Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration.

For a list of awardees, visit: http://www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2014tables/healthystart/

To learn more about HRSA’s Healthy Start Program, visit http://mchb.hrsa.gov/programs/healthystart/index.html


Alert! Parents take note, the cost of raising a child is over $240,000

kidsI happened to notice today that the US government released figures that say it now costs of $240,00 to raise a child from birth to age 18.

How does a parent cope with these astronomical costs?

I don’t know about you, but I am not spending anywhere near the amount that it says I “should” be, by cutting down on some of the costs that I CAN control. For example, using cloth diapers instead of disposables. The average cost of a ‘sposie to reach potty training is $803, where a full stash of cloth diapers is only $240. Imagine where else you could use that extra $563!

This is just one of the cost-saving tips that I teach in my course “How to Save Thousands During Your Baby’s 1st Year.” I am constantly looking new ways, and love to share these with others.