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

November 2014
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.    



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

Thousands of children poisoned by laundry detergent pods.

The first comprehensive study on the dangers of laundry pods, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, found that 17,230 children younger than 6 years old -- an average of one child every hour -- swallowed, inhaled or suffered skin or eye injury from the products in 2012-2013.  

The study, conducted by researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, found 769 children in the U.S. were hospitalized and one child died after ingesting a laundry detergent pod.


Thirty of the children went into comas and 12 suffered seizures.

"We have never seen anything like this with laundry detergent in the past," Dr. Gary Smith, lead author of the study and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital, told CBS News. "This is why we need to get the word out to parents if they decide to use this product among young children."

Take a few minutes to watch this story.

Can you demonstrate in 4 minutes or less what to do in an emergency with a child?


There is nothing more important than the safety of your children. As a parent you should know how and when to administer CPR, be able to perform the choking maneuver and perform basic first aid. 


If a child is unresponsive blood is not circulating around the body. If cells such as the brain and heart cells are without oxygen for more than 4 to 6 minutes permanent brain damage can occur and death can occur at 8 to 10 minutes without circulating oxygen.


Take the following quiz to see how well prepared you are for an emergency: 


1. Your child is laying on the ground unresponsive, his color is blue and you are the only person around...what would you do?

2. Your 10 month old is choking, she's not making any sound and her lips are blue. You are the only person around...what would you do?  

3. Your child accidentally ingested half the contents of the tylenol container and she looks pale and is not breathing. You are the only person around...what would you do?


If you can answer and demonstrate the correct steps to take care of the situations above in 2 minutes or less, congratulations you are ready for an emergency.

If you panicked at the thought of any of the above ever happening you need to prepare.


When performed correctly, CPR can save a child's life and buy valuable time until trained medical help takes over.


If you have taken a class in the past it's time to review. Go through different scenarios and practice until you can take care of any emergency.


If you have not taken a class or it's been some time since you've taken one sign up for one today. Reading about it may help some but, the best class involves hands-on training on mannequins. 



Flu or influenza.

The best way to prevent the spread of flu is to wash your hands and teach your children how to wash their hands.

Flu or influenza is an infection caused by a virus. Symptoms are sudden and include body aches, chills, headaches and fatigue. Runny nose, cough, sore throat comes later and young children will usually have vomiting and diarrhea.

Flu season typically runs from late fall through winter and peaks in January and February.

How can you get the flu? 
It spreads through the air via droplets. When someone coughs or sneezes the infected droplets can travel six feet away landing on someone else.

Touching a surface that has the virus on it can also lead to the spreading the virus.

What can you do to minimize your chances of catching the flu? 
  •  Wash your hands frequently. Wash with warm water and soap. It does not have to be an antibacterial soap.If you cannot wash your hands use hand sanitizer.
  •  Clean frequently touched surfaces.
  •  Clean toys that are shared between kids.
  •  Do not touch your nose, mouth or eyes with dirty hands.
  •  Practice good cough and sneeze etiquette, that is cough into a tissue or a sleeve if a tissue is unavailable. Wash hands afterwards.
  • If you are sick stay at home. If your children are sick keep them home.
If your child gets the flu:
  • Offer plenty of fluids, water, icy drinks.
  • Encourage your child to rest.
  • Give acetaminophen or ibuprofen for aches and pains (but do not give aspirin unless your doctor directs you to do so).
  • Dress your child in layers so you can add and remove layers during bouts of chills or fever
  • Antiviral medications can help but always check with your child's doctor before administering.
Who should get vaccinated?
According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) the flu vaccine is recommended for everyone from age six months and older including pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions.

Who should not get the flu shot? 

Anyone with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine. This might include gelatin, antibiotics, or other ingredients. 

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.

To schedule call or   
Infant and Child CPR &
Basic First Aid for
Chatham schedule. 
Note new location in Chatham
368 Main St, Chatham
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Call to schedule a class at your preschool, daycare or mom's group.

Classes are for parents and all caregivers of 
infants and children 

Tuesday, December 2nd, 7pm
Tuesday, December 16th, 7pm
Tuesday, January 6th at 7pm
Tuesday, January 20th at 7pm
Tuesday, February 3rd at 7pm
Tuesday, February 24th 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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Parenting Center Seal of approval.
Featured on Fox news
WPIX & NJ Star Ledger

Purchase on Amazon
November recalls.

Recall date: November 10, 2014

    McDonald's Hello Kitty themed whistle

Recall Summary Name of product:

"Hello Kitty® Birthday Lollipop" Whistles


Components inside of the whistle can detach, posing choking and aspiration hazards to young children.

Consumer Contact:

For additional information, contact McDonald's at

(800) 244-6227.

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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