Health Canada has recalled the LED Light Up Floating Eye Ball and LED Light Up Floating Ball Girls (Magic). The toys, sold exclusively at Walmart, have the following UPC and SKU numbers:
Product Name | UPC | SKU
The toys contain petroleum distillates, which can be highly toxic if consumed or aspirated into the lungs. The effects of such ingesting this toxin range from central nervous system depression, chemical pneumonia, pulmonary damage or death.
While neither Health Canada nor MJ Holding has received any reports of incidents or injuries, customers are advised to remove the toy immediately from children and return it to any Walmart store for a refund.
If your child has been exposed to the toy, contact your family physician or your poison control centre immediately.
For further information, customers should contact MJ Holding at 1-888-710-4484 or 1-519-623-2234 at extension 112, by email or via the company's website.
From August 8, 2013 to August 26, 2013, approximately 3,132 of the toys were sold at Walmart stores across Canada.
It's one of the most common baby accessories on the market, yet the pacifier has the potential to be fatal if ingested, as Adrienne Herrick discovered.
While it may sound far-fetched, it does happen. In 2012, nonprofit Kids In Danger found that 12 pacifiers were recalled after 68 choking incidents were recorded by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, according to an article in the Huffington Post.
Herrick's 5-month-old baby boy, Cameron, is a cautionary tale. His swallowed pacifier became lodged in his throat, and cut off his oxygen supply.
Doctors acted fast, performing a procedure known as a cricothyrotomy (whereby a needle inserts oxygen directly into the trachea). The pacifier was then surgically removed, piece by piece. And poor little Cameron was forced into an induced coma so he could recover from the ordeal.
Today Cameron is a happy and healthy 7 month old. But it's unimaginable to conceive of the distress he and his parents must have endured that day, which Herrick describes as "a day he'll never remember, and a day I'll never forget."
Needless to say pacifiers are no longer allowed in their home. "He sucks his thumb now," Herrick said. "I don't care. I'll get him braces when he gets older."
A little paranoia goes a long way. Are you at all concerned about using a pacifier?
See our list of children's products recalled due to a potential choking hazard.
Have you seen this latest video in which a dad mocks his tantruming daughter? Yes, it's making the rounds, but not everyone finds it amusing.
According to the blurb by mom Kathy Sterner on Laughing Squid, her 6-year-old daughter had been in her room "wigging out for about an hour."
To add some comic relief to an unpleasant situation, dad started impersonating his daughter in the throes of her meltdown. Then, as is wont to happen in 2013, mom grabbed the camera-phone and shot the ensuing hysterics for the worldwide audience.
As parents, we need some laughs. Believe me, I get it. I'm not convinced they should be at your kid's expense, though, especially when she's obviously upset. (And an hour seems an awful long time to be upset. I feel for her.)
At least the little girl didn't view the impersonation or hear her family's collective mirth. But now that the video's public property, she may well see it. And in my books, that's just not on.
What do you make of the video: unfair antics or funny as hell?