Sidestepping the Recall Hysteria

Recalls of products happen on a daily basis—most that go by with little attention because thankfully, no one was seriously hurt or lost their lives as a result. But with the high profile recalls of eggs, Similac Formula and most recently 10 million Fisher Price products a lot of parents and parents-to-be have started to ask themselves—what products can we trust?

Do we really need to add this to the already long list of typical parental worries? In the sea of billions of consumer goods that are produced and distributed throughout the world no one can never be 100% sure that the products and foods in their homes are harmless. But there are a few steps you can take for your family, that can help minimize risk and also give you piece of mind:

1. Research Before You Buy. From everything from food to toys to household items, it’s never wasted time to read before making purchases. Read labels, product reviews or company history. Often you’ll find out things during this research that will help you decide whether it’s right for your family.

2. Register Your Products. A lot of big-ticket baby and child items such as carseats, strollers and cribs come along with the ability to register with the company so that if a recall is issued—even for very minor reasons—you will be notified immediately.

3. Tune In. Throughout our busy days of course there are times when the baby will end up eating an old cheerio found on the floor—or even a ball of dust. But no amount or severity of recalls can replace the value of supervision and not giving babies and children the opportunity to interact hazardously with a product. At the same token, we need to notice when our baby and child products start to show signs of wear, such as seams starting to part on a stuffed animal or loosening screws of the crib or high chair.  It’s also important to make connections if your child shows signs of sickness—what did she eat this morning that could

Recalled Fisher Price Tricycle

have had an effect?

I don’t advocate alarmist parenting, nor do I suggest being in your baby’s or child’s face every moment of every day. But with a few simple adjustments, we can all learn to relax and enjoy our families, without being consumed with worry about the potential dangers of products  we interact with everyday.

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