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Lead Dust Poisoning

I just found out that lead dust poisoned my kids. I have never posted before, but I am so worried I wanted to pass on what happened to us so it does not happen to you. My next door neighbors are painting the exterior of their house. In the process, the contractor sanded the siding and there was dust was all over the place. One of our neighbors, who volunteers with an environmental organization, suspected that there was lead in some of the dust and asked that my next door neighbor take proper ...

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Child Safety Kit/DNA Swab

EMERGENCY INFORMATION: Make sure you fill out an emergency information sheet for each child. This piece of paper should include the standard contact information for emergencies, but should also include medical information (allergies, medication, etc) and information on favorites foods and places. More and more families are starting to use a secret code word that can be used for children to verify the identity of adults who are trustworthy versus strangers. Make sure the local police and f...

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Secondary Drowning: What it is and Why Every Parent Should Know the Symptoms

Drowning is a leading cause of death among young children, but even if you're vigilant about watching your kids near water, they could still be at risk. Secondary drowning, also known as "dry drowning," is a phenomenon that many parents don't even consider and yet, while rare, its risks are very real.
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Childhood Abduction: Get the Facts

Once you become a parent, a whole new host of fears seem to crop up related to your kids. One of the primary fears that every parent contends with is the nightmare of child abduction. Thousands of kids are kidnapped every year. While 99.8 percent of missing kids are eventually found, some are never found,
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Guidelines for Keeping Children Safe at Every Stage

By JustMommies staff

As parents, we have many responsibilities and worries-and child safety falls into both categories. While we are entirely responsible about keeping our crawling babies safe from electrical outlets, we must also remember to teach our tweens and teens about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and other challenges
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How to Teach Your Kids to be Safe from Predators

By JustMommies staff

Many generations of parents have told their kids not to talk to strangers. But awareness of “stranger danger” is not enough. Experts say that “authority figures” account for 50 percent of child molestation cases today and the offenders are often known to the child. Because problems may occur
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New Car Seat Guidelines from the AAP & NHTSA

By JustMommies staff

The AAP and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have recently released new car seat guidelines. The guidelines are no longer based on the type of car seat but instead are based on the child’s age. Both the AAP and the NHTSA are now recommending that parents keep their infants in a rear
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Pros and Cons of Extended Rear-Facing Car Seat Use

By JustMommies staff

Many parents can’t wait to move their kids to the forward-facing position in the back seat. After all, it’s easier to keep an eye on the kids when they’re facing forward; plus the kids have something more interesting to look at. But many safety experts question the practice of turning kids around
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Rear-facing Car Seats are Safer for Older Children

By JustMommies staff

According to a new report published in the British Medical Journal, children under the age of four are safer riding in a rear-facing car seat than a forward-facing seat. Reuters reports that infants in the U.K. are usually moved from rear-facing to forward-facing once they reach 20 pounds, which typically
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Three Steps for Meeting a Dog: Instructions for Parents

By Colleen Pelar

It is very important to teach kids how to interact with dogs they are interested in. Childish excitement could be interpreted as a threat by inexperienced dogs. Good kids and good dogs will have miscommunications every day. By teaching children and dogs how to interact with one another, we laying the
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Baby, Toddler and Child Proofing Your Home - The How-To Guide

By Jennifer Sprague

From the time your baby first rolls over, one of your first thoughts for them turns to there safety. Because if your like me, I did not even think about baby, child or toddler proofing my house till then. When starting to think about baby/child proofing, there is just so much to think about, and consider.
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Childproofing Your Home

By Armin Brott

Dear MrDad: What should we do to childproof our house? A: Once your baby realizes that he's able to move around by himself, his mission in life will be to locate--and race you to--the most dangerous, life-threatening things in your home. So if you haven't already begun the never-ending process of child-proofing
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