Child Health

City Versa Strollers recall announced for Collapsing Frame

Baby Jogger City Versa Baby Stroller - CPSC

(Best Syndication News) - A voluntary recall was announced for Baby Jogger City Versa strollers because they could fail to lock correctly causing the frame to collapse when being used. Baby Jogger will be offering a free replacement frame to remedy this problem. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission along with Health Canada made the recall announcement today.

The recall was publicized after the manufacturer received six reports of the stroller frame not locking correctly while being used. The reports did not involve any personal injuries.

The recall involves around 8,400 strollers in the United States and about 2,200 strollers in Canada. The recalled City Versa baby strollers were sold at buybuy Baby and other juvenile retail stores across North America. The strollers were also sold on buybuybaby.com, albeebaby.com, diapers.com, and other online stores. The recalled strollers were sold between July 2012 and October 2012 at a retail price around $450.

CPSC sues Nap Nanny Infant Recliner Manufacturer

Nap Nanny Generation Two Infant Recliner - CPSC

(Best Syndication News) - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a decision to file an administrative complaint against Baby Matters, LLC, which is the manufacturer of Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill infant recliners.

The CPSC decided to take action because the agency was made aware of four infants who died when using the Nap Nanny Generation Two recliners. They also said one infant death was associated with the Chill model. Additionally, the CPSC has received over 70 other reports of infants almost falling out of the recliners.

Childhood Obesity risk factor can be calculated at Birth

Credit: National Cancer Insitute (photographer unknown) - PD

(Best Syndication News) - Researchers have devised a method to calculate a baby’s chance of becoming obese during childhood. The risk factor is determined by the baby’s birth weight, the parent’s body mass index (BMI), how many people live in the household, the mother’s professional status, and if she smoked during pregnancy. The study was published today in the journal PLOS ONE.

The researchers developed this method to identify risk factors by analyzing information from 4,000 children in Finland that were followed starting in 1986. First, the researchers tried to determine genetic profiles that could predict obesity, but that failed to work. Then they looked at non-genetic information that was collected at the time of birth. The formula they finally developed worked in the Finnish cohort. So they tested the calculations using information collected in the US and Italy. With that data they were able to predict childhood obesity from the risk factors.

Mothers perceive Food and Chef more positively when Vegetables are served

Credit: National Cancer Institute Len Rizzi (Photographer) - PD

(Best Syndication News) - While every mother knows that kids may complain about the vegetables on the plate, a study found that some mothers perceive vegetables as a better meal served by a more caring and loving person. Maybe over time, children too, will look forward to eating green beans and broccoli. The study involved interviewing 500 mothers in the United States to find out what they thought of meals served with vegetables and the people who prepared them.

The lead author, Brian Wansink, PhD, the John Dyson Professor of Marketing and Consumer Behavior at Cornell University, explained that only 23 percent of American dinners come with vegetables served with the main course.

Most people are aware of the health benefits of eating vegetables. However, if the preparer knew that their food was perceived as more desirable and the preparer was thought of as being more loving and caring, would they serve more meals with vegetables?

Childhood Psoriasis associated with increased risk for being Overweight and Obese

Measuring Waist - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - Children who have psoriasis are at an increased risk for being overweight or obese, according to a new study. The research findings were published in the JAMA Network publication, Online First by Archives of Dermatology.

The study authors explain that previous research suggested that adults with psoriasis are at an increased risk for obesity, heart attacks, strokes, and type-2 diabetes. Other recent investigations suggested that there was a relationship between children with psoriasis and obesity.

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