Kids might be seeing marijuana in a more relaxed way now that it is
legal for people ages 21 and older to smoke or eat it in several states.
But the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is urging parents to
talk with their teens about the harms of marijuana use, just like they
would talk with them about drugs, alcohol, tobacco or e-cigarettes.
Even in states where marijuana is legal for medical or recreational reasons,
the AAP advises against using or eating it in front of children.
“Seeing parents use marijuana makes kids more likely
to use it themselves, whether or not their parents tell them
not to, because actions speak louder than words,” said Sheryl A. Ryan, M.D., FAAP, co-author
of a new AAP report about marijuana.
Whether smoked or eaten, marijuana can cause intoxication in adults and children. People
should not drive under the influence of marijuana or ride in a car driven by someone who has
used it, according to the AAP.
Teens who use it can have learning, attention and memory problems as well as lung problems,
according to the AAP.
Despite its effects, students’ acceptance of marijuana is high, according to a recent survey of eighth-, 10th- and
12th-graders. In 2015, about 40% of teens consumed marijuana edibles in states where sales were legal and 28%
tried them in states where edibles are illegal.
Marijuana plants and products have more of the active ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) than in the past. In
1995, marijuana had 4% THC and now it has about 20% THC.
Marijuana edibles look like regular food. However, a single edible often contains several serving sizes and a large
amount of THC. Sometimes, edibles are in packages similar to popular treats. A child who accidentally eats a whole
piece of the food can overdose. And because it takes up to three or four hours to feel the effects of edible marijuana,
teens might eat more and overdose.
Signs of an overdose include anxiety, panic, paranoia, dizziness, weakness, heart problems and poor coordination.
The AAP advises the following to keep children safe:
• Keep marijuana products out of reach or locked away in child-resistant packaging. Clearly label edibles. Ask
family or friends who use marijuana products to do the same.
• Talk with children about the dangers of marijuana and edibles to their health.
• If your child accidentally eats marijuana, call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222. If symptoms are
severe, call 911.
For more information, visit https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/teen/substance-abuse/Pages/
— Trisha Korioth
AAP News Parent Plus
INFORMATION FROM YOUR PEDIATRICIAN
Legal or not, marijuana and edibles should be stored away from kids
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/
Units: About 676,000
Hazard: Damaged receiver mounts on the strollers
can cause the car seats to unexpectedly disconnect
from the strollers, and infants can fall.
Description: Models of Britax B-Agile and BOB
Motion strollers (when used as a travel system with
a car seat carrier attached) are folding, single- or
double-occupant strollers. They have Click & Go
receiver mounts that attach the car seat carrier to the
stroller frame. All colors of strollers are recalled. Find
the model number on the inside of the stroller’s metal
frame near the right rear wheel for single strollers
and in the front middle underside of the frame on
double strollers. Check recalled model numbers at
Sold at: Babies “R” Us, buy buy Baby, Target and
other stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.
com, albeebaby.com, buybuybaby.com, diapers.
com, ToysRUs.com and other websites from May
2011 through February 2017 for $250 to $470 for
the strollers and travel systems.
Remedy: Stop using the Click & Go receiver
mounts, and contact Britax for a free repair kit for
single strollers. Owners of the recalled double strollers should stop using them with car seats attached.
Consumers can continue to use their stroller or car
seat independently without the car seat attached to
Contact: Call 844-227-0300, email stroller.recall@
britax.com or visit www.us.britax.com and click on
the safety notice on the homepage or go to https://
Units: About 540,000
Hazard: The seats can break, causing toddlers to fall.
Description: The Little Tikes 2-in- 1 Snug’n Secure
pink toddler swings have a pink T-shaped restraint in
front with a Little Tikes logo. The swing is suspended by four yellow ropes. Model number 615573 is
molded on the back of the swing seat, and a manufacturing date code stamp is on the back of the
seat. If the molded inner arrow of the date code
stamp points to “ 10,” “ 11,” “ 12” or “ 13,” the product
is recalled. Also recalled are swings with date code
stamp “ 9” on the inner arrow combined with “43”
or a higher number stamped on the outer arrow.
No other date codes or colored swings are affected.
Sold at: Wal-Mart, Toys “R” Us and other stores
nationwide and online at www.littletikes.com and
other websites from November 2009 through May
2014 for about $25.
Remedy: Contact the firm for a credit toward the
purchase of another Little Tikes product.
Contact: Call 855-284-1903 or go to www.
Units: About 1,800
Hazard: The metal snaps on the jackets can detach,
and children can choke on them.
Description: The ivory Starting Out Baby Girls faux
fur hooded bear jacket — style numbers F64CI801I
and F64CI801N — is labeled for ages 3-24 months
and has metal snap closures and animal ears on the
Sold at: Dillard’s stores nationwide and online at
www.dillards.com from September through December 2016 for about $40.
Remedy: Return the coat to Dillard’s for a refund,
or contact the store to obtain a prepaid envelope to
return the product by mail.
Contact: Call 800-345-5273 or email bearcoat.