Toddler Health  &  Safety

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    Prepare to get goosebumps all over. In a scenario plucked straight out of a horror film, one Texas family tucked their 2-year-old boy in his crib for the night and retreated to their own bedroom on the first floor, confident that he would be safe and secure until breakfast time. Imagine their horror when they woke up the next day, checked the video footage from a surveillance camera they had set up in their son's nursery, and discovered that an intruder had broken into their home and had spent a full five minutes creepily entering and exiting the toddler's room and hovering over his crib to stare at him. And mom and dad slept through the whole thing!

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    When we post pictures of our kids on Facebook we tend to get a bunch of likes and some comments on how adorable our kids look. But when Tara Taylor posted this cute photo of her 3-year-old daughter Rylee she got much more than that. She got a diagnosis from two friends who advised her to have Rylee's eyes checked out because they were concerned about the glow in her left eye.

    Thankfully Tara took the advice because when she saw a doctor, Rylee was diagnosed with a rare disorder that could have made her blind.

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    Even if you don't consider yourself a helicopter parent, this news story may make you want to keep a closer eye on your toddler at the park. Police say a 2-year-old was hurt by razor blades glued to playground equipment. I can't even believe I just wrote that sentence. Someone out there is that sick -- sick enough to try and hurt tiny, defenseless children at the playground. But there it is. Here's what we know so far about this incident.

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    Ever gotten some really crazy, unsolicited advice about how to care for your child's eczema? People say a lot of dumb things when they are actually trying to be helpful. As the old saying goes, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." Well, so is the road to a mom hating you. Check out the 7 things you should NEVER say to a mom of a kid with eczema.

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    How far would you go to save the life of your child? One mom literally threw herself under the wheels of her car. Mindy Tran had just backed into her driveway with her 2-year-olds buckled in, put the car in park, and got out to lock her door when she saw the car rolling down the sloped driveway toward the street. That's when instinct kicked in: "I had to use myself as a speed bump to slow it down enough for one of my neighbors to get in and completely stop the car."

    She lay down on the driveway horizontally and let the car roll over her body, breaking a leg and dislocating a hip and a shoulder. But it worked! The car slowed down enough for a neighbor to jump behind the wheel and stop it. "My daughters are my everything, my everything," Tran later said. "And I don't want to see them in the hospital, and I knew at that time it was either mine or theirs."

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    What is going on these days with parents leaving young children unattended in cars? Yet another dad, this time from Connecticut, is in custody and is being charged with risk of injury to a minor after he left his 2-year-old daughter alone in his idling car while he stepped out. We aren't sure yet of the circumstances surrounding this incident -- including where dad went and how long he was gone -- but this story has an unfortunate twist: the child was somehow able to either wiggle out of her car seat or, if she wasn't in one, stretch over to the front seat to shift the vehicle into drive, striking two parked cars.

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    For the parent of a child who suffers from seizures, every second of an attack feels like an eternity. There are so few options for children who have epilepsy or other disorders that cause seizures. Naturally, if one comes along and it has proven to work for other children, parents are going to seize upon it. In Colorado, an oil infused with a special pot strain is causing joy and controversy after it has reportedly helped several children who experience seizures. The pot is called Charlotte's Web because it is named after a child who had as many as 300 grand mal seizures a week, used a wheelchair, and went into cardiac arrest several times as the result of a rare genetic disorder called Dravet's Syndrome. After ingesting the oil, which doesn't provide a high like regular marijuana, Charlotte's parents say she can walk, talk, and has been largely free of seizures.

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    A huge recall of baby equipment could wind up in court and get even bigger. Graco is recalling 3.8 million child car safety seats, but this may just be the beginning. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating seven other Graco car seat models to see if they should be recalled as well. The seats are being recalled because children could become trapped in them -- the buckles may not unlatch. And if you're stuck in an emergency situation, like an accident or a fire, that could be extremely dangerous. Here's everything you need to know about this car seat recall so far.

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    While my two-year-old recovered from her recent tonsillectomy, a friend brought some get-well-soon gifts to our house. They included a toy and the virulent cold her two-year-old was suffering from but she didn't tell us about. The boy sneezed it into our daughter's face. Knowingly bringing an infected kid around non-infected kids makes you a bad person. Period. And that's why, when we have plans we don't want to break, we all pretend not to know -- especially to ourselves.

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    Yeah, yeah, they're cute and cuddly and considered absolute geniuses in the animal kingdom, I know. But cats are crazy. They're worse than crazy. They're secretly plotting your demise as I write this -- and you're the one who feeds and loves them and expects nothing in return (which is a good thing, because all you get in return is indifference). Don't believe me? You don't have to -- take these videos of parents filming their children basically being mauled and humiliated by their family feline as proof of my accusations.

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