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 25,180
Hazard: A young child’s neck can fit into the
V-shaped opening along the top edge
of the gate, posing entrapment and
strangulation hazards. Also, young
children can fit under the gate and
access restricted areas, such as stairs.
Description: Recalled are Madison
Mill 23 and 25 foldaway expandable
safety gates. Item number 23 extends
to 3 feet, and item number 25 extends
to 5 feet. The expandable gates are
made of hardwood and are used to secure children
or small pets.
Sold at: Do It Best stores and other independent
hardware stores nationwide from January 2013
through May 2017 for $20 to $35.
Remedy: Contact the company for a
Contact: Call 877-220-4705, email
Units: About 68,300
Hazard: Chests that are not anchored to the wall
can tip over and trap children, resulting in death
Description: The Summer Breeze five-drawer chests
were sold in four colors: model numbers 3746035
or 3746035A (royal cherry); 3294035 or 3294035A
(blueberry); 3219035 or 3219035A (chocolate); and
3210035 or 3210035A (white).
Sold at: Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Wayfair.
com and other online retailers from February 2005
through December 2016 for about $160.
Remedy: Stop using chests that are not anchored
to the wall. Place furniture out of children’s access.
The company will provide a refund or free tip-over
restraint kit and is offering installation of the kit.
Contact: Call 800-290-0465, email service@south
shore.ca or visit http://bit.ly/2spf95c.
Units: About 8,500
Hazard: The snap at the crotch of the coveralls can
detach, and infants can choke on it.
Description: The Butterfly
Garden Coverall & Hat Sets
came in infant sizes NB, 3M,
6M and 9M with manufacture date codes of August
2016 (08/2016). The 100%
organic cotton coveralls were
sold in pink with white butterflies and have a white ruffle around the neck that runs
down the front of the garment. “Burt’s Bees Baby”
and the size are printed on the inside back. Only
style number LY24195 is recalled.
Sold at: Babies R Us, BuyBuy Baby and online at
babiesrus.com, buybuybaby.com, amazon.com,
kohls.com, target.com, zulily.com, diapers.com,
hautelook.com and burtsbeesbaby.com from
December 2016 through May 2017 for about $18.
Remedy: Contact Burt’s Bees Baby for a prepaid
envelope to return the garment for a $20 e-gift card.
Contact: Call 877-907-7511 or visit http://www.
If you’re expecting a baby, you may have heard
about a new trend. Baby boxes are becoming
popular gifts for expectant parents from friends,
hospitals and birth centers.
The box contains baby products that new
families might need like diapers and wipes. The
cardboard box itself also is labeled as a sleeping
area for newborns in place of a crib or bassinet.
However, there is no information on whether
the cardboard boxes prevent infant deaths, ac-
cording to the American Academy of Pediatrics
(AAP). The boxes are not required to meet safety
rules like cribs, bassinets, play yards and infant
The AAP recommends placing babies to sleep
on their backs on a firm mattress. Babies should
not sleep in beds with other family members.
Keep soft objects like stuffed animals and loose
bedding out of the crib.
Find more sleep tips on HealthyChildren.org,
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INFORMATION FROM YOUR PEDIATRICIAN
from the American Academy of Pediatrics
Hear this: Cotton-tipped swabs are not made for ears
If your bathroom cabinet includes cotton-tipped swabs to clean
your child’s ears, you might want to move them to the craft drawer,
makeup case or cleaning cabinet instead.
Cotton-tipped swabs are not meant to be placed in ears. In fact, pediatricians say the best thing to do with earwax is to leave it alone. Trying to
remove earwax can cause problems, according to the American Academy
There’s a reason people wrongly think swabs are OK to use in their ears. Their inventor created cotton-tipped swabs
after seeing his wife try to clean inside their baby’s ears with a piece of cotton on the end of a toothpick in the 1920s.
Doctors recently found that using cotton-tipped swabs in this manner could cause more harm than good.
They recommend: “Don’t put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear.”
Putting cotton-tipped swabs into the ear canal pushes wax further into the ear. It can cause damage, dizziness and
balance problems. A child whose earwax is blocking the ear may have ringing or fullness, ear pain, itching, discharge,
odor and cough. Swabs also may tear or rupture the eardrum causing pain, bleeding and permanent hearing loss.
A recent study found that about 34 children go to the emergency room each day for cotton-tipped swab ear injuries.
Most injuries happened when cleaning the ears, especially when the child tried to clean them. Damage to the ear drums
was most common for kids younger than 8 years old.
Earwax also can build up if children wear ear plugs or stick their fingers in their ears.
Over-the-counter products can help treat earwax buildup, but some products can lead to more problems. For example, ear candles (also called ear cones) can cause burns, bleeding or can hurt the ear drum, said the Food and Drug
Administration ( http://bit.ly/2sdh Wx8).
If the earwax is not causing symptoms or blocking the ear canal, it should be left alone, doctors say. For more information on earwax buildup, visit the HealthyChildren.org Symptom Checker at http://bit.ly/2rx YCc T.
— Trisha Korioth