Graco Recalls Eleven Stroller Models

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  • Graco recalls eleven stroller models: According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, company Graco has recently received 11 reports of finger injuries including six reports of fingertip amputation, four reports of partial-fingertip amputation and one finger laceration caused by the folding hinge on the sides of the stroller that can pinch a child’s finger. This recall includes eleven Graco and Century-branded strollers with model names Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling and TravelMate. All models are a single-occupant stroller manufactured from August 1, 2000 to September 25, 2014. Model numbers and the date of manufacture are printed on the white label located at the bottom of the stroller leg just above the rear wheel. To report a recall, contact Graco Children’s Products at (800) 345-4109 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.gracobaby.com and click on the “Help Center” at the top and Recall and Safety Notifications for more information.
  • Disciplining children and time-outs:  According to a survey published in journal Pediatrics in 2004, about  70 percent of American parents practiced time-outs with their children ranging from 19 to 35 months then. However, in recent years, this practice has been highly criticized by many child psychologists, who expressed concern that it can do more harm than good if not used correctly. According to the 1998 American Academy of Pediatrics’ policy paper called “Guidance for Effective Discipline,” which was re-affirmed in 2012, practicing time-out has indicated increase in compliance with parental expectations from 25 percent to 80 percent in preschool-age children, and similarly with older children, when used appropriately. As Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and co-author of the new No-Drama Discipline  commented: “Research supports the efficacy of time-outs when executed correctly. Decades of research in attachment demonstrate that particularly in times of distress, we need to be near and be soothed by the people who care for us. Yet the method is all too often messed up and administered as a punishment when parents are angry, and the consequences can be serious. When the parental response is to isolate the child, an instinctual psychological need of the child goes unmet.” He describes correctly as “brief, infrequent, previously explained breaks from an interaction used as part of a thought-out parenting strategy that is followed by positive feedback and connection with a parent.” On contrary, Kyle Pruett, clinical professor of child psychiatry at Yale University’s Child Study Center, recommends practicing time-outs with children older than 4 years. “They realize that the time out is not about losing a parent’s love. It’s about losing the privilege of Mom’s or Dad’s company because of something they did that was wrong.” Also, Dean Pearson, author of “Is Anybody in Charge? A Guide for Managing Children and Teaching Them Self-Control” advises: “Time-outs tailored to every age group are appropriate. A good rule of thumb is one minute per year of your child’s age.”
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