Flu Vaccinations for Pregnant Women Protect the Child Too
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) released a brief announcement about vaccinations for pregnant women and “second-hand” protection for babies in the womb last week. A recent study appearing in The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, has drawn the conclusion that
“Babies of mothers who get flu vaccinations seem to pick up protection in the womb. The study, referenced previously, found this in data on 1,500 babies younger than 6 months who had been hospitalized for flu-like symptoms in the 2002 to 2009 flu seasons. Those babies are too young for their own vaccination, but received protection from their mothers who obtained vaccinations while pregnant. http://www.hhs.gov/news/healthbeat/2011/07/20110711a.html
Safest Place for a Child on a Plane
Did you know that the safest place for a child flying with you on an airplane is not in your lap, but in a child safety restraint system (CRS)? “A CRS is a hard-backed child safety seat that is approved by the government for use in both motor vehicles and aircraft.” Apparently, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) also has approved a harness-type restraint for children who weigh from 22 to 44 pounds. This is an alternative to using a hard-backed seat but is approved only for use on aircraft, not for use in motor vehicles. The FAA urges parents and guardians to secure children in an appropriate restraint based on a child’s weight and size. According to the FAA, keeping a child in a CRS during the ﬂight is the smartest thing to do. http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=7381
What’s a Pool Safety Kit?
Recently, childsafetyblog.org published Water Safety-Parts I and II, but we continue to pick up more good tips for parents of kids who are going swimming. Here are a few things you might want to keep near your residential pool in case of emergency:
Keep a pool safety toolkit near your home pool or spa containing:
- A first aid kit
- A pair of scissors to cut hair, clothing or a pool cover, if needed
- A charged portable telephone to call 911
- A flotation device.
And what should we, parents, caregivers and babysitters do if we are caring for kids who are in and around the water:
- Always watch children when they are in or near a pool or spa!
- Teach children basic water safety and observe those cautions yourself.
- Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.
- Have a portable telephone close by at all times when you or your family are using a pool or spa.
- If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa right away!
- Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors and caregivers!
And please have a safe, happy, healthy summer.