January 15th, 2018


The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wants parents to be aware of “5 Hidden Hazards in the Home”:


MAGNETS – “Small powerful magnets, if swallowed, can attract inside the body and block, twist or tear the intestines. If you think your child has swallowed a magnet, seek medical attention immediately.”

Swallowing small magnets can lead to catastrophic internal injuries, as we found out here, here, and here.


RECALLED PRODUCTS – “Be aware of the latest safety recalls and get dangerous products out of the home. Sign up for recall notices now at www.cpsc.gov.”

We’ve posted several recall alerts here.


WINDOWS – “Never place a crib or playpen near a window blind. To prevent strangulation use cordless blinds or install safety devices on blind cords; and install window guards or stops to prevent falls.”


TIPOVER – “Kids will climb. Top-heavy furniture, TVs and stoves can tip over and crush young children. Make them all more stable by installing anchors and brackets.”

Read about preventing TV tip-overs here.


POOLS AND SPA DRAINS – “Suction from a pool or spa drain can be powerful enough to trap a child or adult underwater. Inspect pools and spas for missing or broken drain covers.”

The PediaBlog reviewed pool and spa safety here, here, and here.


It looks like The PediaBlog hasn’t uncovered the dangers of window blinds yet. We will tomorrow.


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    Ned Ketyer, M.D.

    Ned Ketyer, M.D.

    Dr. Ketyer has special interests in developmental pediatrics and preventative medicine, specifically how nutrition and the environment affect health. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School. He completed his residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

    As one of the founding physicians of Pediatric Alliance, PC, Dr. Ketyer served as its president from 1997-2004. He has been practicing general pediatrics at Pediatric Alliance since 1990. Dr. Ketyer and his wife have three boys and live in Pittsburgh's South Hills. 

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