Skip to content

    Announcements

    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!


    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Summer Safety
    avatar
    atti_editor posted:
    It's only a couple more weeks until Summer is officially here, but many schools are already out for the year. One way to beat the heat is to hit the pool, the lake or the beach (if you are lucky enough to live close to the water).

    What precautions do you take to keep your kids safe? Have your children had swimming lessons? What about sun safety? Any rules or tips you'd like to share with fellow parents?

    Make sure you check out these links before you hit the sand and surf.
    Swimming Pool and Beach Safety
    Summer Safety Checklist
    Dry Drowning Facts You Should Know
    Reply
     
    avatar
    sandymanley responded:
    Sandbox Safety Alert: Parents and Educators Must Read the Label before filling Springtime Sandboxes

    Spring and summertime inevitably means kids in sandboxes, a childhood pastime with a proven track record as beneficial developmental play. But not all sand sold in stores and found in sandboxes is safe for children. Much of the sand sold in hardware and landscape stores is derived from crushed quartz rock and contains crystalline silica dust, a known carcinogen and cause of a fatal lung condition called silicosis.* The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) warn against inhaling crystalline silica dust for workers, indicating the use of protective clothing and masks during occupational exposure.


    It is important to read the label before adding sand to your child's sandbox. Recent landmark legislation, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) , requires lead testing for playsand and all toys marketed to children.


    According to Mona Lisa Wallace, founder of SafeSand.com: "Many children play in sandboxes at school, home or in parks almost daily -- so if it is not safe for a 200 pound construction worker to inhale crystalline silica (CS) dust, why should it be safe for preschoolers and teachers?" Purchasing sand from hardware stores, not labeled for use by children, may mean that the sand has not been tested for lead and other dangerous contaminants. In California, a Prop 65 warning label is required on bags of sand containing CS dust. In many other states, sand bags can be found with the words: "not labeled for sale in California." Federally, a new landmark law, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) requires that products marketed to children be lead and safety tested, however this would not apply to sand packaged for construction use.


    You can find more info at http://safesand.com


    The Safe Sand Company was founded for the purpose of distributing a safe, non-hazardous, sterilized playsand for children, parents, child care professionals and educators everywhere.


    Helpful Tips

    Help kids learn to swallow pillsExpert
    I found this inexpensive but clever cup a few years ago, and it helped my kids learn to swallow pills without a fuss: ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    17 of 26 found this helpful

    Expert Blog

    Child Health 411 - Ari Brown, MD

    Educated parents are empowered parents! Get clear answers to your parenting questions from Dr. Ari Brown...Read More

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.