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September 23, 2013
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Parents often neglect to properly buckle children
Source: Larry Copeland, USA TODAY

One-fifth of parents say it's OK to skip child seat belts on short trips, survey finds. That could lead to tragic consequences: Over 60% of child-involved auto crashes come within 10 minutes of home.

A new survey finds that as many as one out of five parents believe it's OK to drive with their children unbuckled if it's a short trip, despite the emphasis placed on child passenger safety.

The survey by the child advocacy group Safe Kids Worldwide and General Motors Foundation finds that more than one-fifth of parents – 21% -- think it's acceptable to drive with their child unrestrained if they are not driving far.

In reality, more than 60% of crashes involving children occur within 10 minutes of home, according to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Injury Research and Prevention.

"Historically, we've encountered that attitude before with adults (and seat belts)," says Julie Kleinert, a child safety specialist at General Motors. "People think that if they're not going very far, they don't need to wear their seat belt. I think we need to get the message out to people that they're at risk whether going a short distance or a long distance."

The June national online survey of 1,002 parents and caregivers of children ages 10 and under has a 3.1% margin of error, Safe Kids say.

It also found some puzzling trends among those who self-reported that it's sometimes acceptable to let a child ride unrestrained.

More affluent parents, more educated parents, fathers and younger parents were more likely to say it was OK to ride unrestrained. For example, 34% of parents with an annual household income of $100,000 or more said it was sometimes acceptable to do that compared with just 15% of parents making less than $35,000. Parents with graduate degrees were twice as likely as parents with a high school education – 20% to 10% -- to do it.

Researchers don't yet have an explanation for those trends, says Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations working to prevent childhood injuries. "We haven't done a focus group yet that would ask, Do they think their car is safer? Do they think they're a safer driver?"

Her organization ( offers parents of young children three key pieces of advice:

•Buckle up children on every ride, every time.

•Talk to other parents who are driving your kids about the importance of buckling up.

•Check that the right child safety seat is being used and that it's installed properly.

In addition, Carr and Kleinert say parents should never treat buckling up as a punishment, something they don't have to do if they have been well-behaved; rather, they say, it should be automatic.

With children in booster seats, the restraint shouldn't be removed even if the child doesn't like it, they say.

That's a lesson Ed Beaudette, 49, of Nevada City, Calif., knows all too well. On July 20, 2003, he was returning from vacation with his 9-month-old daughter, Nora. She was irritable, and seemed hot and uncomfortable. Her mother, Heidi Obenosky, unbuckled Nora to remove some of her clothes.

Before Nora was buckled back in, Beaudette nodded off and crashed. Nora was killed.

Beaudette and Obenosky became child safety seat advocates. "I saw a poster that said, 'A crying baby is an alive baby,'" Beaudette says. "That really hit me. Had I just ignored my parental compassion and used common sense and let Nora cry a few more miles, right now I'd be making plans for Nora's 11th birthday instead of talking to you."

September 16, 2013
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We at Northampton Area Pediatrics are disappointed by the decision of Cooley Dickinson Hospital to close inpatient pediatrics.  We value the strong presence of Cooley Dickinson Hospital (CDH) in our community and the long-standing relationship we have had with CDH in the care of children in our area.  We are concerned about subsequent effects this decision may have on other pediatric services at CDH including the Emergency department, surgery, and ancillary services such as radiology and newborn care.  We voiced these concerns to CDH both prior to the decision about inpatient pediatrics and since.  Nonetheless we continue to work with CDH to make sure that there is the broadest possible range of quality care available for children, from newborns through young adults. 

Northampton Area Pediatrics is proud of our 35 year history of caring for kids this area, and we will remain open every day for your children and continue this tradition.  Our highest goal remains to assure that the children entrusted to us at NAP receive the best possible care from us and from all of our partners in pediatric care, whether locally from CDH, regionally from Baystate, or beyond in Boston. 

September 13, 2013
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Motrin Infants Formula Recalled
WebMD News from HealthDay

Sept. 9, 2013 -- About 200,000 bottles of Motrin Infants formula, which is used to treat fever and aches and pains in children 2 years old and younger, are being recalled because they may contain tiny plastic particles, Johnson & Johnson says.

The recall covers three lots of Motrin Infants' Drops Original Berry Flavor. The lot numbers of the recalled half-ounce bottles are DCB3T01, DDB4R01 and DDB4S01, the Associated Press reported.

The recalled products may contain tiny bits of PTFE, which is a plastic used in Teflon coatings. It's unclear if the recalled bottles actually contain the particles, which were found in a different product during the manufacturing process, J&J's McNeil unit said, the news service reported.

Both products contain the same shipment of ibuprofen from a third-party supplier, the company explained.

"From our perspective, during the manufacturing process at the third party supplier, that's when the particles got into the ibuprofen," McNeil Vice President Ed Kuffner told the AP. He would not identify the supplier that made the ibuprofen.

No illnesses or injuries associated with the affected medicine have been reported to date, according to the company.

McNeil has told retailers to remove the recalled lots from their shelves. Consumers should stop using the products and call McNeil for a refund at 1-877-414-7709, the AP reported.

September 11, 2013
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Children are seriously injured or killed by guns every day in the United States.  As pediatricians, we are committed to the health and safety of children.  For that reason, the physicians at Northampton Area Pediatrics support the Gun Buy Back Program as part of our 35th year of service to the children of our community. 

The Gun Buy Back Program will be held by the Northampton Police Department, Greenfield Police Department, the Northwestern District Attorney’s office and the Hampshire and Franklin Deputy Sheriff’s Association.  It will take place on October 5th from 10AM to 4pm at the Northampton Police station at 29 Center Street, Northampton or the Greenfield Police Station at 321 High Street, Greenfield.

Gift cards for your guns*** No questions asked
$50 gift cards for handguns, rifles, shotguns
$100 (2 gift cards) for assault weapons

Firearms MUST be UNLOADED and delivered in a bag.  Ammunition will also be accepted – no cash for ammo.  All firearms must be in working condition.

For more information: Chris Geffin at 413-437-5747

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