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Lock up your Detergent PODS

April 26, 2016
In Colorado we know children are having trouble discerning "Edibles" from candy.... which is frightening in itself.  But, for those who do not indulge, are your handy-dandy detergent PODS safely locked away?

Despite repeated warnings about the dangers to young children from laundry detergent pods, calls to poison control centers continue to rise, a new study shows.Researchers found an increase of nearly 20 percent in reports of children putting the brightly colored packets into their mouths, with serious and sometimes even fatal consequences, according to the study published in Pediatrics.

Consumer Reports is now warning that laundry detergent pods should never be used in homes where young children live or visit. Calls to poison centers about children and laundry pods have increased over the past several years."What we found was astounding," study coauthor Dr. Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital said, "During the two years of this study we saw an increase in the number of exposures due to detergent, but especially among exposures to laundry detergent packets. In fact, a child is reported to a poison control center about every 45 minutes in this country."

Smith and his colleagues analyzed data from 62,254 calls made in 2013 and 2014 to U.S. poison control centers reporting unintentional exposures to laundry or dishwasher detergent among children younger than 6.

Calls increased for all types of detergent exposures, but the rise was greatest for the highly-concentrated laundry detergent pods (17 percent); followed by dishwasher detergent packets (14 percent).

Laundry pods are the most hazardous, particularly when the packets contain liquid detergent rather than granules.
The harms to children from laundry pod ingestion included:
  • 17 cases of coma
  • 6 cases of respiratory arrest
  • 4 cases of pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs)
  • 2 cases of cardiac arrest
"I've seen children in emergency departments for decades that have been exposed to laundry detergents," Smith said. "But we have never seen anything like this. These children have come in in a coma, they've stopped breathing. We've even had two deaths in the last two years due to exposure to laundry detergent packets." Earlier this year two lawmakers took a stab at reducing the damage by introducing a bill, the Detergent Poisoning and Child Safety Act, that would require safety standards for the products. "Anyone with common sense can see how dangerous it is to have liquid detergent in colorful, bite-sized packets that children will inevitably swallow," said bill coauthor Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) in a statement. (Adapted from article
Read More related: Lawmakers take aim at brightly colored pods

To keep children safe, the AAPCC advises: Always keep detergent containers closed, sealed and stored up high, out of the reach of children. Call your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 immediately if a child is believed to have come in in contact with detergent or a laundry pod.

Heather Knott, RN-IBCLC
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Second Time Moms-Appreciate Hospital Changes

April 4, 2016
As an RN and lactation consultant at Aspen Birth Center, I am always excited to recognize and welcome back our "repeat customers". I am eager to brag about our recent Baby Friendly Hospital Designation status, but not so I can "toot our horn" or display the "feather in our cap"....but instead, to point out that this has furthered our best maternity practices and improvment in overall patient satisfaction with successful breastfeeding experiences for our new families.

Some changes include, increasing skin to skin time, encouraging baby led feedings, and supporting rooming-in. Furthermore, our consultants provide complimentary phone and outpatient visits, along with maintaining our Bosom Buddies social and support group for new moms. 

A recent article in NICHQ below, describes what many of the AVH "repeat customers" are saying as well!

When Nicole Acosta delivered her first child in May 2013, she knew she wanted to breastfeed.
“My mom had nursed me and all my siblings, and she always conveyed how beneficial breastfeeding is, so I had a ton of support from my family,” says Acosta. But she didn’t get as much support as she’d expected at her hospital, Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Islip, NY. Despite an uncomplicated delivery, no one suggested immediate skin-to-skin contact—a practice known to increase the likelihood of breastfeeding success.

Acosta asked for a lactation consultant once she was on the maternity floor, but didn’t get to see one until six hours after she delivered her son. That was the first time Acosta remembers someone encouraging breastfeeding. Fortunately, she had some success and made sure to tell the night nurse to bring her baby from the nursery once he woke to be fed—even it was in the middle of the night. But that didn’t happen. “The next day I realized I was never woken up and I found on the feeding log that the nurses had given him formula,” says Acosta. “I was definitely disappointed!”

By the time she had her second son in June 2015, things had certainly changed at the hospital. Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center joined the NICHQ-led New York State Breastfeeding Quality Improvement in Hospitals (NYS BQIH) Collaborative, which aims to increase exclusive breastfeeding rates by implementing evidence-based maternity care practices, such as skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth. The hospital was able to raise its skin-to-skin contact rate following vaginal births to 92 percent. That’s up from 50 percent just before the breastfeeding initiative started in October 2014.

The initiative also minimized the role of the nursery, by having each newborn stay in the same room with the mother whenever possible. It’s a practice Acosta says made breastfeeding much easier for her second baby. Acosta could see for herself when the baby was awake and ready to eat. Jennifer Belechto, another mother-of-two, loved the rooming-in facilities she had when her second child was born. “You never lose your baby,” she said. There’s even room for additional family members, too. “My husband was able to spend one night with me and my mom spent a night with me.”

Rita Ferretti, BS, RN, C-NIC, IBCLC, a lactation consultant at Good Samaritan, says it’s not uncommon for even second time moms to feel uncomfortable being solely responsible for the care of their baby after the delivery. It’s especially true, she says, of mother’s who are recovering from a Cesarean delivery. “We validate the mother’s feelings and inform her that she is not on her own,” says Ferretti. “We let the mother know that the nurses are close by and checking on her and her baby frequently. We remind mom about how to call for help with her call bell for when she needs assistance.”

In addition to the changes made to immediately after delivery at the hospital, Acosta and Belechto also appreciate the help they got at the hospital’s weekly support group, The Breastfeeding Café. The drop-in group offers a chance for mothers to share their breastfeeding experiences, with a lactation consultant on-hand to answer any tricky questions. Belechto said on-going support from a lactation consultant was essential to her breastfeeding success during both pregnancies. “One person can completely change your journey,” she says.

Taken form NICHQ blog
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