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

April 2014
In This Issue
Spring is here! 
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 April special offer below.

Have a great and safe month. 

Geraldine Hickey, RN
Winner of 2014 Women of Excellence for Medicine/Health Union County, NJ 
Owner, Baby Zone & Beyond, LLC



Watching little kids eat solid foods is one of the more agonizing parts of parenting. 


A study published in the journal of Pediatrics confirms that choking is a common hazard of childhood, with 34 children a day admitted to emergency departments because they've choked on food. That amounts to more than 12,000 emergency visits a year from kids ages birth to 14, but the problem is actually even more significant since most kids who choke don't wind up at the hospital.

 Children from birth to 4 were most likely to choke on food. Hard candy, gum, grapes, chunks of cheese, meat account for some of the culprits. Hot dogs can be sucked into the airway and cause more serious choking.

Nuts and seeds are also a choking hazard because small children cannot chew them.


The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping foods including hot dogs, nuts, chunks of meat or cheese, whole grapes and hard candy away from kids younger than 4.

Children have much smaller airways than bigger people.


Parents and caregivers should educate older siblings not to feed their younger siblings. 


If, despite the best precautions, your child still chokes, be prepared to act.  

Babies require five back slaps and five chest thrusts, repeated until the object is removed.  


After age 1, only abdominal thrusts - commonly known as the Heimlich maneuver - are required. 


Poison Help 1-800-222-1222
Poison control

Know the Poison Control Center phone number. 1-800-222-1222
Program it into your home and cell phones so you have it handy when you need it.

Safety tips for Little Kids at home.

Be prepared for your curious mobile toddler. Don't underestimate what your young child can get into. As your baby grows into new stages of development, you need to stay on your toes by adjusting the ways you keep your child safe at home.

Safety tips for home.
  • Store medications high up and store in a locked box as your child gets older and can climb
  • Put matches and lighters out of reach and out of sight
  • Keep small batteries out of reach and out of sight
  • Store poisonous items such as detergents, laundry and dishwasher products, pesticides out of reach
Call poison control if:
  • Your child was chewing on a plug-in air freshener
  • Your child splashed a chemical in her eye
  • Your baby ate a mouthful of diaper rash ointment
  • your toddler got into your medication box and you think there are some missing 
Call 911 if:
  • Your child is unresponsive
  • Is not breathing
  • Is having difficulty with every breath
Know CPR

Liquid Laundry Packets

single-use liquid laundry packets.These packets are filled with highly concentrated, toxic chemicals. A 7-month-old in Florida died from swallowing the soap.

CPSC has received about 1,230 reports of children unintentionally injuring themselves with packets. Injuries include swallowing the detergent and getting the chemical in their eyes or on their skin.


Part of the allure of these packets for young children is that they can look like familiar items such as candy, toys and teething products.

According to the CPSC several companies that make these packets Cot 'n Wash, Dial, Procter & Gamble, and Sun Products-have agreed to make some changes to begin addressing these safety concerns. Companies have changed the containers that hold the packets to be opaque.



Follow these safety tips if you use these products in your home:

  • Do not let children handle laundry packets
  • Do not puncture or take packets apart
  • Do not leave loose packets around - keep them stored securely in the container
  • Store out of a child's sight and reach in their original containers
  • Keep containers closed and dry
  • Read and follow package warnings and instructions

Remember, these packets can quickly dissolve upon contact with water, wet hands and saliva. They can also rupture, releasing the chemicals into eyes. If you or your child swallows or is exposed to these chemicals, call Poison Help immediately at (800) 222-1222.


First Aid tip

If a child looses a permanent tooth.  
Store it in a container of milk and get the child to a dentist as quickly as possible. 
Hold it by the crown only never the root.

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 in
Chatham NJ

  Tuesday April 8th.
(Spaces still available).

Tuesday, April 8th at 7pm
Tuesday, April 29th at 7pm
Tuesday, May 6th at 7pm
Thursday, May 22nd at 7pm
Tuesday, June 3rd at 7pm
Thursday June 26th at 7pm

  To see class descriptions 
or to schedule  
Be Prepared!
By Geraldine Hickey, RN
17 minute
Infant CPR & Choking
 video in English & Spanish.
Winner of National
Parenting Center Seal of approval.
Featured on Fox news
WPIX & NJ Star Ledger

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Make sure the products you're purchasing for your children are safe.

"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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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.