Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

Volume 14 Issue 18 .                                                                                     Summer 2020

Safety Source

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Household Safety Edition

This week we want to focus on staying safe at home. There are interactive tools for your children to learn the importance of back school safety, as well as information for parents. We hope this will be a fun way to learn about important safety topics together as a family. Let us know if we can be a resource to you in anyway! As always, we try to include the best topics to keep your family happy, healthy, and safe! If you wish to see a particular topic or question addressed in our next issue, please let us know!

Newsletter Highlights


Video for Kids

Interactive video for kids to learn about poison prevention. 

Activities for kids to learn about poison prevention

Lots of activities to learn about back poison safety and how you can help your family stay safe. 

Interactive Quiz about Medication Safety

Test your child's knowledge about medication safety through an interactive online quiz. 

More Information for Parents

Information for parents about poison prevention especially with the increase of cleaning due to COVID-19 

Poison Prevention

Every day, over 300 children in the United States ages 0 to 19 are treated in an emergency department, and two children die, as a result of being poisoned.1 Poisoning in children is one of the leading cause of unintentional deaths among children ages 1 to 19 years. It is important to remember that although some products may be beneficial for your home, it can be harmful to your children. Remember to store all household products out of your child’s sight and reach. Often active babies and toddlers can get into places without your knowing. Always use child safety locks on cabinets and drawers where common household products are stored.

Follow these Poison Prevention tips to help keep your kids safe:

Storing Household Products Safely:

  • Keep all potential harmful cleaning products up and away, out of children’s reach and sight. This includes after every use including products in your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry area.
  • Remember to keep all household cleaning products in their original containers as they typically provide an extra layer of protection.
  • Always read the product label to check for any potential poisonous ingredients.

Checking Your Home for Potential Poisons:

  • · Remember to check your home for lead-based paint. This applies to homes built before 1978. If lead hazards are identified, call the National Lead Information Center (1-800-424-5323) for detailed information.
  • · Install carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Make sure these is one on every level of your home. If the Carbon monoxide alarm sounds, leave your home immediately and move to a safe location outside where you can breathe in fresh air before you call for help.
  • · It is important to check for product recalls periodically. Check www.recalls.gov for more information on product recalls.
  • Remember to save the Poison Help Number in your phone and have It posted in central locations of your home. The TN Poison Center is open 365 days, 24/7. The Poison Help Hotline is 800-222-1222. The Help Hotline is available anytime for families and is operated by nurses, doctors, and pharmacists.

What to do in a Poison Emergency:

It is also important to know not to leave your vehicle running inside of the garage even if the garage door is open. This can very harmful to both children and adults.

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/safechild/poisoning/index.html
  2. https://www.safekids.org/safetytips/field_age/little-kids-1%E2%80%934-years/field_risks/poison
Tik Tok Dangerous Challenges-Parents be watchful

Now more than ever, social media can make an impact on our lives. Social media has the biggest influence on teenagers, as most teens spend majority of their time on their cell phones. Unfortunately, one of the negative side effects of social media is the various challenges that arise from time to time. Tik Tok is one of the newest social media platforms that has become extremely popular over the past several months. Tik Tok has become increasingly popular across the country for their various dance challenges.

The latest trend via Tik Tok is the Benadryl Challenge. Users have mentioned that taking an excessive amount of Benadryl at one time can allow for you to get high and hallucinate. Last month, a 15- year old teen from Oklahoma, allegedly overdosed on the drug. A director from the Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information said that the dose that teens are using to hallucinate is very close to the dose that can be potentially life-threatening. Earlier this summer, three teens were hospitalized after overdosing on Benadryl tablets.

Another recent Tik Tok trend has been the electrical “outlet challenge” that arose earlier this year. This challenge has led to electrical system damage and fires. The outlet challenge involves placing a cell phone charger to be partially plugged in while causing a fuse with a penny. It is important that teens are aware that they could potentially be electrocuted and cause a fire that they cannot control.

Parents, it’s important to watch your children and monitor their social media use. Educate yourself on these new trends so you can have a conversation with them early. Education can help with prevention. It is important to be active in your child’s life. A great start could be hosting a family conversation about the importance of not participating or imitating these behaviors. It may be a good idea to revisit these topics often as trends and challenges change frequently. Teens need to understand that life-altering consequences can occur as a result of participating in these challenges. Click here for more injury prevention tips.

  1. htttp://www.parentology.com
  2. https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/23/us/tiktok-outlet-challenge-trnd/index.html
Cleaning Tips for Car Seats

With continued sickness and as the days get cooler, it can be a great time to do some cleaning with your car and car seat. Before you remove anything from the car seat, it is important to refer to your manufactory manual. Each car seat is different and have various guidelines about specific cleaning details. The manual will be your best resource for what cleaning supplies you can use and specific directions for how to clean your unique car seat.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that surfaces be disinfected using an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered disinfectant. However, car safety seats and seat belts, as specified by the manufacturer, may be cleaned but must not be disinfected, because chemicals can degrade the necessary strength, possibly affecting the safety of the seat. In most cases, all parts of car safety seats and vehicle seat belts can only be cleaned with mild detergent and water but be sure to check your manual first.

Another way to ensure you are properly reinstalling the car seat correctly after the cleaning process is to take a picture of the seat exactly how it currently is. It is important to document any areas where the straps pass through and upholstery is secured to the seat. Also, it is critical to take pictures from various angles (above, below, front, and back) to help you remember exactly how the seat was installed.

Once the car seat has been removed, this is a great time to vacuum the area around the seat to clean up any left-over snacks or food items. When washing the car seat, be sure not to remove any labels or instructions, as these are necessary to ensure the safety of the seat. After washing the car seat, be sure to. allow enough time for the car seat to dry before placing the child back into the seat. For some fabric materials, it can take a while to dry, so it is important to plan accordingly.

Fall is also a great time to check the expiration date on your car seat. This can be located on the manufacture label on the sides or base of the car seat. Typically, car seats are only good for six years after the manufacture date. If your car seat is expired, it is very important to get a new car seat to ensure the safety of your child.

Also, refer to instruction manual to double check you have installed it correctly.

Fall is great time to enjoy the cooler weather with your family! By cleaning your car seat properly, your car seat can have a fresh new look for this fall weather.

If you have other questions about car seats, be sure to go to Safe Kids.

For more tips on car seat installation, refer to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/clinical-guidance/covid-19-and-safe-transportation-in-motor-vehicles/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=6a5acba4-d9ef-430e-a587-c7bcae559754

Click for more information about Car Seats
Are You interested in learning more about Child Passenger Safety?

We are now offering online webinars that offer important safety information about Child Passenger Safety. If you interested in learning more, or about us partnering with your organization, please contact us! 

Learn more about Online Webinars for Child Passenger Safety
How to make a Fall Tree Snack

Easy recipes for your child to learn how to cook while having fun in the kitchen! 

Click for Recipe
Meet the Injury Prevention Team


Purnima Unni

is the Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program Manager for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. She has a Masters in Public Health and is a Certified Health Education specialist with over 20 years of experience in injury prevention. She is a wife and mother of two girls and her rescue puppy. She loves to cook, travel and watch murder mysteries.

Eppiphanie Richardson

is an Atlanta native who decided to take on Nashville as her newest adventure. She is also the Associate Program Manager for the Be in the Zone-Turn Off Your Phone Campaign which educates teens and parents on the dangers of distracted driving. She has a passion for healthcare and serving others. She feels privileged to be able to serve Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Nashville, dancing, running, and spending time with her husband and son.

Mimi Sanders

is a Nashville native and received her Masters from Vanderbilt University. She is the Associate Program Manager for the Kohls Seat Smart Program, which focuses on educating caregivers, children, and community partners on the importance of car seat safety. She is so excited to join the team at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with her local church’s special needs ministry, hanging out with family and friends, and doing yoga


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