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Munchkin Pacifiers, Clips Found To Be Choking Hazards

Update Date: May 10, 2016 06:43 AM EDT

Parents are always on the lookout for the proper accessories or toys that should keep their babies occupied though it still remains that they need to make sure that these do not post serious risks towards infants. Pacifiers are known to help soothe and keep babies from their regular crying and discomfort though adults still need to make sure that they don’t end up as a choking hazard. The size of the object could mislead some into thinking such though it may be wise to consider as well connected designs to it as well.

Munchkin is one known name in the world of dealing baby pacifiers but it recently had to issue a recall for its products due to a potential choking hazard.

Around 180,000 of its Latchweight pacifiers and clips were recalled after the company had reportedly received about 10 complaints from US and Canada of the clip cover detaching from the pacifier clip.

While the development does raise some concerns on the product, there are thankfully no major injuries reported to date.

The Latchweight pacifiers and clips are currently available in leading retailers that include Babies R Us, Walmart and Target among others. They have also alternatively sold online at Amazon, Munchkin.com, and other online sites since March 2014 to March of this year for about $11 to $15.

The pacifiers in concern are available in five different styles. That includes designer, rattle, and heartbeat clips with zero month+ natural shape pacifiers, and then designer and rattle clips with 6 months+ orthodontic pacifiers.

Folks who have inadvertently gotten hold of the product are urged to get it from a child’s reach and touch base with the company for replacement or refund.

Accessories or toys that can fit into a child’s mouth are considered one of the serious choking hazards that could occur so it may be best to guide and refresh folks on how to prevent them. Here is a list of choking hazard items from healthychildren.org.

  •  Coins
  • Buttons
  • Toys with small parts
  • Toys that can fit entirely in a child’s mouth
  • Small balls, marbles
  • Balloons
  • Small hair bows, barrettes, rubber bands
  • Pen or marker caps
  • Small button-type batteries
  • Refrigerator magnets
  • Pieces of dog food

Food is also another potential choking hazard so folks may want to screen the things that they feed their child first. That list includes grapes, hot dogs and peanuts. If they must, parents can still do so but are advised to cut them no larger than one-half an inch.

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