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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Sept. 18, 2007 / 6 Tishrei 5768

Recalls: What to do next

By Vicki Lee Parker

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Most parents shuddered at the news over the past few months that millions of toys thought to be tainted with lead and other toxic metals had been recalled.

The latest came Sept. 4, when Mattel recalled about 800,000 toys, including 675,000 accessories for Barbie dolls.

Many parents are unnerved by the cost and headaches associated with determining whether their child is in danger of lead poisoning.

Certainly, when it comes to our children's safety, price is not the first thing to consider. But a number of parents in Philadelphia have sued, saying Mattel should pay for blood tests and lead-test kits.

I applaud their effort, but given the speed at which the wheels of justice spin, I doubt parents will wait to see what a judge has to say about it.

When it comes to our children, especially toddlers, it's easy to overreact. But don't, said Dr. Courtney Mann, director of WakeMed Children's Emergency Department in Raleigh, N.C.

"Since chronic lead poisoning typically requires long, regular exposures, parents should not panic if their child has been playing occasionally with a toy recalled due to lead paint," she said.

However, lead poisoning can be serious. Lead is a heavy metal that, when ingested by children, can cause developmental delays and behavior problems. In cases involving acute, large amounts, lead can cause seizures, or even death.

Mann said that younger children, especially those 3 years old and under, are more at risk of lead poisoning.

"The younger you are, the more susceptible your brain is to the toxins found in lead," she said. Still, if an older child has played with one of the recalled toys, parents should call their doctors to determine whether a blood-lead test is necessary, Mann said.

Symptoms of lead poisoning include irritability, loss of appetite, weight loss, sluggishness, abdominal pain, vomiting and constipation.

Metal magnets are just as dangerous. Tiny magnets have become common in toys, helping children to dress little dolls and build structures. When these magnets fall off a toy, small children might put them in their mouths. If several are swallowed, the tiny magnets are strong enough to twist little intestines into a knot. If you suspect that has happened, take your child to the hospital immediately.

Even if you don't feel your child is in immediate danger, you should check to see whether you own any recalled toys. To get a list of recalls, go to the Consumer Product Safety Commission at www.cpsc.gov. You can also check www.recalls.gov and www.mattel.com.

If you have some of these toys and you suspect your child has been exposed to lead, contact your pediatrician. Consumers should take the recalled toys away from children and contact Mattel at (800) 916-4997 or www.service.mattel.com to find out how to return or dispose of the product. Most pediatricians will treat it as a regular doctor's visit and might charge for a quick blood test. Check with your doctor and insurer to find out what's covered.

For peace of mind, some parents might decide to take the extra step of testing all of a child's toys for lead and other toxins. The U.S. Health and Human Services Department, however, doesn't recommend home tests, because they can sometimes be unreliable. If you get a positive reading from a home test, remove the toy from your child's play area and contact your doctor.

Home testing can also be costly and time-consuming.

I called four local before finding a test at Ace Hardware & Home Center in Cary, N.C. The salesman said the $7.99 kit can test toys until one tests positive. He also said that he had only one package left and wasn't sure when the next shipment would be in.

Many companies sell lead testing for toys online. To help parents sort through the differences, The Wall Street Journal tested several kits. To see what it found, go to www.wsj.com and type "testing toys for lead" in the search field and select the story by that name from Aug. 30.

Once you complete your testing and your child is safe, be sure to hold on to your receipts; perhaps Mattel will decide to pay for the lead tests after all. If not, and the judge allows a lawsuit against Mattel to move forward, you might eventually be able to join a class-action lawsuit and get a refund on recalled toys.

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Vicki Lee Parker is a columnist for The News & Observer. Comment by clicking here.


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