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"There is nothing more important than the safety of your child"

December, 2013
In This Issue

Baby Zone & Beyond LLC is dedicated to providing information for emergency care until trained medical help arrives.  
In that spirit, it is our mission to bring you newsletter topics that are relevant to child & family safety and wellness. 

Remember to keep your CPR and First Aid training up to date. Don't wait for a tragedy or near-tragic event to take these all important life-saving classes.    



See our December special offer below.

Have a great and safe month. 

Geraldine Hickey, RN
Owner, Baby Zone & Beyond, LLC

Dangerous toys to cross off your childrens' Christmas list this year.

Toxic and dangerous toys can still be found in stores. 
Leading this list are toys containing magnets and toys that can cause hearing loss.


Toys containing small powerful magnets can be dangerous if swallowed 
If a child swallows more than one, the magnets can stick together inside their bodies and cause internal damage.

"Magnet toys are much stronger than they have been in the past, and therefore pose a greater health risk, especially to young children because they routinely put toys in their mouths," Fish a program associate with the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group, said.

A 2-year-old child suffered intestinal tears in January after swallowing 62 rare earth magnets, the report found.  

Between 2009 and 2011 there were 1,700 emergency room visits following the ingestion of magnets. More than 70 percent of those cases involved children between ages 4 and 12.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, AAP have shown that magnet ingestions have led to dozens of bowel surgeries and other serious gastrointestinal injuries as a result of young children swallowing magnets. 
Parents should also be aware of products sold as adult "stress relief" desk toys, they can contain small round magnets that a child can take apart.

If you suspect your child swallowed a magnet
  • Stay calm
  • Seek medical help immediately   
Noisy Toys

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association parents may think that noise is a problem they need not worry about until their child reaches the teenage years. Not so.  

Some toys are so loud that they can cause hearing damage in children. Some toy sirens and squeaky rubber toys can emit sounds of 90 dB, as loud as a lawn mower. Workers would have to wear ear protection for similarly noisy sounds on the job.


The danger with noisy toys is greater than the 90-dB level implies. When held directly to the ear, as children often do, a noisy toy actually exposes the ear to as much as 120 dB of sound, the equivalent of a jet plane taking off. Noise at this level is painful and can result in permanent hearing loss.


Toys that pose a noise danger include:

  • cap guns
  •  talking dolls
  • vehicles with horns and sirens
  • walkie-talkies
  • musical instruments
  •  toys with cranks Parents who have normal hearing need to inspect toys for noise danger.

Parents who have normal hearing need to inspect toys for noise danger.  

Before purchasing a new toy, listen to it. If the toy sounds loud, don't buy it.


Examine toys you already have at home. Remove the batteries or discard the toys if they are too noisy and pose a potential danger to hearing. Some parents place heavy duct tape over the speakers on noisy toys.

Fact or Fiction? Are Poinsettia plants poisonous?

According to the POISINDEX information source - the primary resource used by the majority of poison control centers nationwide - a child who weighed 50 lbs. would have to eat over 500 poinsettia leaves to reach an even potentially toxic dose of compounds in the poinsettia plant.  



 Since the taste of poinsettia leaves is reportedly very unpleasant, it is unlikely that a child or animal who attempts to eat or chew the leaves will continue to do so after the first taste. Parents of young children can be assured that the poinsettia plant is not a dangerous risk in the home.

It's so nice to know that my classes make a difference. I received the following testimonial this week. 

"Hey Ger, Just want you to know your CPR and First Aid training saved a little life today of one of our premie grads when he was choking and his quick thinking mom remembered the training she received from you and cleared his airway SUCCESSFULLY!! She asked me to send you a big THANK YOU!! -"
In-home "Party"

This is our most popular class. The CPR or First Aid class is conducted in the comfort of your home with your 
 family & friends.

Host receives a free DVD Saving Baby's Life...When Every Second Counts

To schedule call or   
Infant/Child CPR  
schedule Chatham

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Call to schedule a class at your preschool, daycare or mom's group.

Special pricing for school
& daycare staff

Life-saving Infant & Child CPR & Choking classes for parents and caregivers.

Tuesday, December 17th
(Spaces still available). 

Tuesday, Jan 7th at 7pm
Thursday, Jan 23rd at 7pm
Tuesday, Feb 4th at 7pm
Thursday, Feb 27th at 7pm

  To see class descriptions 
or to schedule  
Be Prepared!
By Geraldine Hickey, RN
17 minute
Infant CPR & Choking
 video in English & Spanish.
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Make sure the products you're purchasing for your children are safe.

check out recalls

December 2013 recall
Name of product:

Manhattan Toy® Quixel™ baby rattles


The colored arches can break, creating a small part which poses a choking hazard to small children.

"Remember to review your Infant & Child CPR & Choking techniques on a regular basis".

Have a safe & fun month.


Geraldine Hickey, RN
CPR instructor
PO Box 25
Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922

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December special!
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Attend a CPR class in December
and get our award winning video Saving Baby's Life...When Every Second Counts for just $5. (Retails at $19.99)

The host of an in-home CPR party receives a free DVD.