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Rosebuds: Another thing for me to worry about

By: Michelle Carl, Managing Editor
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Great, another thing that can hurt my kid.

It was reported Friday that four major retailers would recall the Nap Nanny after the Consumer Product Safety Commission said it received 70 complaints, including five infants who have died as a result of its use.

I have a Nap Nanny. I have used it in the crib when my baby has a cold and benefits from being propped up. I’m going to think twice now before I use it again.

It’s just another in a long line of new fears I have now that I’m a mom — fears that some defective product, dangerous toxin or freak accident is going to seriously harm my child.

There’s arsenic in rice and apple juice. Vaccines linked to autism. Lithium batteries that can be swallowed. The daily fear that I’m going to drop him as I’m walking downstairs. And now school shootings, every parent’s new nightmare after seeing what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

I also get updates on the many things that can injure a child from my sister-in-law, a pediatric nurse.

Fear can be healthy — children do die. There were 41 children who died from furniture toppling on them in 2011, causing the CPSC to urge parents to anchor their TV stands, dressers and bookcases.

Add that to my to-do list.

While we can’t make everything in the world safe for our kids, we can be smart about the dangers out there and try to prevent them through child-proofing and supervision.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission website has a page where you can search for recalled items — not a bad idea if you get hand-me-down items or pick up toys from garage sales.

Michelle Carl is the editor of the Press Tribune and Wesley’s mom. Rosebuds, a column about parenting in Roseville, appears Mondays online.