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When teens consider whether to drink alcohol, they may be influenced by friends and advertising.
But most actually say their parents play the biggest role in their decision.
“Kids do listen to them and even though they might pretend they don’t,” said Lorena M. Siqueira, M.D., M.S.P.H.,
FAAP, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Substance Abuse.
U.S. adolescents abuse alcohol more than any other substance, and rates spike in high school.
Roughly 79% of youths have tried alcohol by 12th grade. Of those who drink, half of those 12-14 years old and almost
three-fourths of those 18-20 drink heavily. Because youths’ bodies typically are smaller than adults, some can become
intoxicated with as few as three drinks in two hours.
Parents who suspect their children are drinking can watch for these signs: slurred speech, impaired judgment, lack
of coordination, confusion, agitation, nausea, vomiting and depression. Drinking also can lead to risky decisions like
having unprotected sex. It is linked to car crashes, homicides and suicides, the leading causes of death and serious
injury for adolescents.
When children learn about the dangers of drinking, they may be swayed more by immediate consequences like fatal
alcohol poisoning. Long-term, those who binge drink are more likely to develop alcohol dependence and could suffer
from liver disease, heart disease, stroke and cancer.
The AAP offers the following advice:
• Talk to children as young as age 9 about the dangers of drinking.
• If a teen is attending a party, make sure an adult will be present and alcohol will not be served.
• Talk with your child in advance about how to handle scenarios in which alcohol is present.
• Do not allow teens to drink in your home even if you
• Make sure your children know they can count on you
for a ride home if they need to leave a party.
• Parents don’t need to abstain from alcohol but should
— Melissa Jenco
AAP News Parent Plus
© 2015 American Academy of Pediatrics. This Parent Plus may be freely copied and distributed with proper attribution.
INFORMATION FROM YOUR PEDIATRICIAN
‘Kids do listen’ when parents tell them not to drink
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
(CPSC) has announced the recall of the following
products. Consumers should stop using recalled
products unless otherwise instructed. Consumers can
submit reports of harm to CPSC’s searchable online
product safety database at www.SaferProducts.gov.
A searchable food and medical product recall
database is available at www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/
Units: About 143,000
Hazard: The battery can overheat and cause the night
light to melt, posing a fire hazard.
Description: Circo brand
battery-operated night lights
with an AC adapter include a
pink hedgehog, a blue bird,
a yellow rocket, an orange
dinosaur egg, a white soccer
ball and a green shark.
Sold exclusively at: Target stores nationwide and
Target.com from October 2014 through May 2015
for about $15.
Remedy: Return to any Target store for a refund.
Contact: Call 800-440-0680 or visit www.target.
Units: About 71,000
Hazard: A child who bites on the bumper bar of the
strollers and RumbleSeats can remove a piece of the
foam covering and choke on it.
2015 CRUZ and 2015
VISTA strollers and
2015 RumbleSeats are
recalled. The CRUZ
strollers have an
aluminum alloy gray or
black frame with a black
fabric toddler seat, a
colored fabric sunshade
canopy and a black
basket under the seat. The VISTA strollers have gray
or black aluminum frames, colored sunshade canopy
and are made to hold up to three children. The
RumbleSeat can be attached to the stroller frame,
allowing the child to ride rear facing, forward facing
or reclined. RumbleSeats have manufacture dates
stamped on the bottom of the seat from September
2014 through May 2015. Recalled stroller serial
numbers are available at http://1.usa.gov/1gFbo1h.
Sold at: BuyBuy Baby and other juvenile product
retailers nationwide and online at Amazon.com from
December 2014 through July 2015 for about $500
for the CRUZ stroller, $860 for the VISTA stroller
and $170 for the seat.
Remedy: Remove the bumper bar and contact the
firm to receive a free bumper bar cover and warning
Contact: Call 844-540-8694, email contact@
uppababy.com or visit www.UPPAbaby.com.
Units: About 3,100
Hazard: The sweaters have a drawstring around the
neck that poses a strangulation hazard to children.
Description: The animal-themed, hooded children’s
sweaters are 100% wool when produced in Nepal
and 50% wool and 50% acrylic when produced in
Bangladesh. The sweaters have a tag sewn on the left
seam several inches above the hem with the company
name and the place of origin.
Sold at: Independent children’s stores nationwide
and online from January 2010 through December
2013 for $10 to $50.
Remedy: Remove the drawstring or return the
sweater to Kyber Outerwear for a credit.
Contact: Call Kyber collect at 613-724-2579,
email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.
Anchoring kits available
for children’s, adult furniture
Units: About 7 million MALM chests and 20
million other IKEA chests and dressers
Hazard: Chests and dressers can tip over if not
attached to the wall. IKEA received reports
of two children who died after MALM chests
tipped over and fell on them. Since 1989, IKEA
is aware of three additional reports of deaths
from tip-overs involving other models of IKEA
chests and dressers.
chests come in three- and
four-drawer units and two
styles of six-drawer chests.
Other chests and dressers
are eligible for anchoring
Remedy: Stop using all IKEA children’s chests
and dressers taller than 23. 5 inches and adult
chests and dressers taller than 29. 5 inches,
unless they are securely anchored to the wall.
Contact IKEA for a free anchoring kit. Move
unanchored chests and dressers into storage or
other areas where they cannot be accessed by
children until the furniture is anchored to the
Contact: Call 888-966-4532 or visit www.