Pediatrician warns of dangers when babies sleep in sitting devices

When a car seat is not being used for its intended purpose of transporting a child, there is new evidence that a child could be injured. According to a recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, several hundred infants die each year in sitting devices like car seats, strollers, bouncers or swings when those devices are used improperly for routine sleep. “These devices were designed for specific purposes, such as transportation, feeding and playing,” said Dr. Susan Lamb, child abuse pediatrician at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital-Midlands. “Parents should not rely on them in place of a crib or a bassinet.” When sleeping babies are in these devices, they can fall from an elevated surface, such as a table or chair, or can slip onto a soft surface and suffocate. “These are preventable tragedies,” said Lamb, who is on South Carolina’s Child Fatality Advisory Committee. According to the committee’s 2018 report, unsafe sleeping conditions is the leading cause of injury-related death among children under 1 year of age, accounting for 84 percent of unexpected deaths. Safe Kids Midlands recommends that parents, grandparen...

There are so many factors and options for bar stools, which can make it challenging. You

There are so many factors and options for bar stools, which can make it challenging. You have to consider the height of your counter, height of the stool, style and overall comfort. Dear Gail: I’m reconfiguring my island as it’s just too big. I currently have a raised bar area that I want to keep and adding a lower countertop area for my grandchildren. Right now I’m able to get matching stools to my nook set, but wondering if that would be too much. I’m not a big mix and matcher. I will be getting new bar stools for the bar area as they’ve never been comfortable — seems they’re not at the right height. What advice can you give me before I start shopping? — Marisol Dear Marisol: There are so many factors and options for bar stools, which can make it challenging. You have to consider the height of your counter, height of the stool, style and overall comfort. But where you need to start is knowing the proper height as it’s the most common mistake. Because you didn’t mention the height of your bar area, I’ll give you the guidelines for the different counter heights. The standard industry guideline is to give yourself 9-13 inches between the top of the stool seat to the top of the co...