community newsletter from  the  Comprehensive Children's Injury Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
March 18-24, 2018 is National Poison Prevention Week
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Poison Prevention and Over-the-Counter Medicines

Recently, members from Cincinnati Children's Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC) looked into poisonings from over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and shared information on best practices when giving them to children. OTC medications are often considered safer to take than prescription drugs since they are easy to purchase without seeing a doctor first.

Three out of the four most common medications taken in overdose situations involved OTC medications: acetaminophen (Tylenol), cough and cold medications, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen or aspirin.

These medicines are certainly still safe to use, but consider these tips when providing OTC medications to your child to prevent unintentional poisonings:
  • Read the full drug-facts label prior to use every time. Pay close attention to use, warnings, and directions based on age. 
  • Know how much and how often to give the medication. Keep track of when the last dose of medication was given.
  • Units matter. Know abbreviations for tablespoon (tbsp. or Tbsp. or T), teaspoon (tsp), milligram (mg), milliliter (mL), and ounce (oz.).
  • Use the correct dosing device to measure liquids with the units you are measuring. Don't ever just guess.
  • Never take 2 medications at the same time without talking to your doctor or pharmacist who will help identify and manage any potential drug interactions.
  • Always follow weight and age recommendations.
  • Do not use any medication that has signs of tampering (tears, cuts) on the packaging.
  • Discard appropriately after the expiration date.
  • If you have a question or concern about how to use a product, ask your doctor or pharmacist, or call DPIC at 800-222-1222.
Visit Safe Kids Worldwide's website for more great tips on medication safety!
Protecting Teen Drivers with New GDL Law

New efforts, led by AAA and the Ohio Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) coalition, are underway to ensure new teen drivers have the necessary experience behind the wheel.
According to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAAFTS), new teen drivers, ages 16-17, are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash.  All Ohio motorists would benefit, as two thirds of those injured or killed in crashes involving teen drivers are other people.
House Bill 293 would give teens much needed experience by providing a full year of supervised driving with a learner's permit and start the supervised nighttime driving protection for newly licensed drivers at 10 p.m., rather than midnight.  Research shows that six months is not long enough for new teen drivers to learn new driving skills. Practical experience is essential for novice drivers.

Supervised nighttime driving protections help teens develop the necessary skills to deal with the risks associated with driving at night. It is important to note that it is not a curfew. Ohio's current limit is midnight, but 75 percent of Ohio's young driver nighttime crashes occur between 9 p.m. and midnight. This is an important adjustment that can save lives.

Organizations including The Ohio Parent Teachers Association (PTA), Impact Teen Drivers, Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, Ohio Health, Nationwide Insurance, State Farm Insurance and Property Casualty Insurers Association of America have joined AAA in support of this bill.

Ninety percent of Ohio parents support a 10 p.m. nighttime driving protection and trust the guidance provided by a young driver licensing system. HB 293 would ultimately improve Ohio's young driver licensing system and help protect our young teen drivers and other motorists.

For more information on teen driving, visit AAA's website!
Partner Spotlight
Norwood Community Coalition
The Norwood Community Coalition consists of agencies and organizations in the Norwood community that serve children and families. The aim of the coalition is to maximize community outreach awareness and participation by coordinating efforts and sharing resources. The coalition values networking, cooperation and collaboration. Its collective work is organized around the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets. 

This coalition has been instrumental in increasing awareness about injury prevention outreach in Norwood, as well as helping to recruit community volunteers and families for injury prevention events. Through continued partnership and networking with the Norwood Coalition, the CCIC has shown measurable outcomes in its injury prevention efforts in Norwood. Thank you to the Norwood Community Coalition for helping to keep kids safe in the places they live and play.

For more information about the coalition, visit their Facebook page.  
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Be the first to know any recalls the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) releases to keep you and your family safe! Sign up today to customize the alerts you would like to receive directly to your email, so you're in the know!
Upcoming Events
Mark Your Calendar
Home Safety Day 

Saturday, April 28th

The CCIC will be hosting
the first Home Safety Day
of 2018 in the Price Hill, West End and  Millvale areas. Volunteer for this  event, or register your home for a safety visit!
Home Safety Day

Saturday, May 12th

The next PIN Home
Safety Day is just around
the corner. Volunteer for this  event, or register your home for a safety visit!
Playground Build

Saturday, June 2nd

The CCIC is working with
the Norwood Community Coalition  to build a new  playground in Northwoods Park.  We'd love to see you all for  this exciting event.  Interested?
Learn more  about volunteering!
Expert Advice
Evenflo: Forward-Facing Child Restraint Requirements
Ask An Expert
Sarah Haverstick, CPST-I

Evenflo recently updated the child requirements for all our car seats to reflect guidance from experts and others working in the injury prevention community. The new requirement states that the child must be at least 2 years old to use any forward-facing child restraints (our belt-positioning booster seats have their own age requirements) - along with meeting minimum weight and height limits.

Q: Why did Evenflo make this change?

A: There are multiple reasons Evenflo updated its child requirements, but one important one is that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) currently recommends keeping children rear-facing until 2 years old, or until they reach the maximum height or weight for their child restraint in rear-facing orientation. Additionally, several state laws require children to be rear-facing until age 2. Accordingly, Evenflo has updated our requirement for forward-facing car seat use to simplify safe product usage decisions for caregivers.

Q: Where can parents find this information?

A: The information is posted in numerous places - on the product, in the instructions and on the retail packaging. We hope that this update will provide better clarity to consumers about how their product should be used to benefit their child.

Q: What if the child has outgrown the rear-facing height or weight requirement, but is not yet 2 years old?

A: In this situation if the child is utilizing an Evenflo convertible, or all-in-one car seat that has been outgrown in the rear-facing mode of use, they will need to utilize a different restraint with higher size limits for rear-facing use until the child is at least 2 years old.

Q: What should a parent do if they have questions?

A: Parents utilizing Evenflo car seats can reach out to ParentLink customer service for more information about product use, installation or other questions. ParentLink is available to assist consumers by phone, chat or video appointment (1-800-233, 5921, Additionally, working with a nationally certified car seat technician can help provide peace of mind for questions related to car seat use and installation. Find a car seat tech near you.  · 513-636-7865, "Option 1"