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Waist Deep In The Big Muddy

by on Jul.08, 2014, under Environment, Family, Health, Kids, Nature, Parenting, Recreation

It's been more than 10 years since five year old Lelaina Hall died after being trapped in the mud at Berrow Beach, Somerset in 2002. mudflat_danger People, especially kids, ignore the posted warnings to play in the mud. mudflat_rescue Emergency crews had already been called out several times to rescue people stuck in the mud. But like the others, this young boy ran out to enjoy the mudflats exposed during low tide at Weston-super-Mare in Somerset to the consternation of his mother. mudboy3 All of the stuck children were located and rescued that day, although one seven year old boy had to be checked out by an ambulance crew. Roger Fry, who lives in the area, was attending Weston Air Day when he snapped these photos. mudboy2 He said, "I was on the beach watching the planes when I heard this great ruckus. I looked round and saw this mother screaming at a kid." "I told you not to go down there, you're filthy" and so on. "Everyone stopped and looked around before the mother stormed off with some other children towards the car park. The muddy kid just followed on a little later." mudboy1 The unidentified young boy was berated by his mother, and was seen bursting into tears as the furious woman wagged her finger in front of his face. "Everyone stopped and looked around before the mother stormed off with some other children towards the car park. The muddy kid just followed on a little later." reported Fry.

"I want to play cricket on the green,

Ride my bike across the street,

Cut myself and see my blood,

I want to come home all covered in mud."

"I'm a Boy" -- Pete Townsend

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Urine Danger

by on Feb.19, 2011, under Education, Family, Health, Kids, Parenting

Housebreaking is just a necessary part of the responsibility of bringing a new bundle of joy into the family. But you expect him to be with you for a long time and you want his behavior and hygiene to be compatible everybody else. There are stopgap solutions until the little guy is reliably trained. But ultimately the goal is to eliminate the need for supervision entirely. Because accidents can be embarrassing. So you want to teach them properly. Which, according to the British Journal of Urology, is dangerous. In the December issue of BJU International, Dr Joe Philip and his colleagues at Leighton Hospital, Crewe, report on four boys under the age of four, who were admitted with injuries serious enough to require an overnight stay.

Unsupervised child endangering himself

"As Christmas approaches many families will be visiting relatives and friends and their recently toilet trained toddlers will be keen to show how grown up they are by going to the toilet on their own" he says. "It is important that parents check out the toilet seats in advance, not to mention the ones they have in their own homes, and accompany their children if necessary. "A recent market research report has suggested that there has been a worldwide increase in the number of wooden and ceramic toilet seats sold. We would not be surprised to hear that other colleagues have noticed an increase in penis crush injuries as a result of this." The four boys, aged from two to four, all attended as urological emergencies. All had been recently toilet trained and they were using the toilet on their own. They had lifted the toilet seats, which had then fallen back down, crushing their penises. With seats made out of steel, granite, onyx, marble, and wood, there is potential for serious harm. The authors have come up with four key recommendations:
  1. Parents should consider fitting toilet seats that fall slowly and with reduced momentum, markedly reducing the risk and degree of injury.
  2. Heavier toilet seats could be banned in houses with male infants.
  3. Households with male infants should consider leaving the toilet seat up after use, even though it contradicts the social norm of putting it down.
  4. Parents could educate their toddlers to hold the toilet seat up with one hand when they pass urine and keep an eye on them until they are confident that they are able to do it unsupervised.
"As any parent knows, toilet training can be a difficult time with any toddler" concludes Dr Philip. "We are concerned that the growing trend of heavy toilet seats poses a risk not only to their health, but to their confidence." http://www.bjui.org
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Important Notice – Light Saber Product Recall

by on Nov.06, 2010, under Consumer, Technology, Weapons

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 6, 2010 Release #10-061 Firm's Hotline: (800) 859-4519 CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772 CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Nintendo Universal Initiates Replacement Program for Wrist Straps Used with Jedi style Light Sabers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary replacement program for the following consumer product. Name of Product: Wrist Straps Used with Jedi style Light Sabers Units: About 2 thousand Distributor: Nintendo Universal Issue: If consumers swing the hand-held Jedi Light Saber using excessive force and accidentally let go, the cord connecting the controller to the wrist strap can break, potentially causing the light saber to strike bystanders or objects. Incidents/Injuries: Nintendo has received reports of cords on wrist straps breaking, including three reports of minor injuries not requiring medical attention. All of these incidents occurred when consumers were playing the game, "Joust - Dark Side". Description: The wrist straps are sold with Nintendo's Jedi Light Saber. Its controller on the handle is shaped like a TV remote. Sensors determine the Light Saber's position in 3-D space, which means that a tennis swing, for example, is done through movement of a consumer's hand rather than by just fingers and thumbs. The cords on the wrist straps included in this program are 0.6mm in diameter. The replacement cords are 1.0 mm in diameter (see photo below). Sold by: The Jedi style Light Sabers were sold  a long time ago in a galaxy far far away. All light sabers purchased after December 11, 2010 should have the new 1.0 mm cord. Manufactured in: Alderaan and China Remedy: Consumers should contact the firm for a replacement wrist strap. Customer Contact: For more information, contact Nintendo toll-free at (800) 859-4519 between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. PT, or visit their Web site at www.support.nintendo.com

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