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Coping with kids: Aspirator claims to be safer than bulb syringes

| Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Baby ComfyNose is designed to help babies who come down with upper respiratory infections.
i-Mat: My Animal World's interactive foam mats are made of four interlocking sections that are activated with a Voice Pen.
Wee Urban Wee Dreams Sleep Bags, a sack made with soft bamboo and organic cotton, feature modern printed designs, and feel like a favorite, cozy sweatshirt.

BabyComfyNose is designed to help babies who come down with upper respiratory infections. Endorsed by Dr. Sears on “The Doctors” TV show, the manufacturers say that BabyComfyNose is more sanitary than bulb syringes.

Household facial tissue is inserted into the body of the aspirator, and the tip is made of soft silicon-type rubber to slide into the baby's nose. The product comes with a mesh storage pouch to keep parts together in the dishwasher. The cost is $14.95. Details:

Baby mats go digital

To serve a generation of increasingly digital toddlers, Creative Baby has introduced i-Mat: My Animal World on its website.

The interactive foam mats are made of four interlocking sections that are activated with the Voice Pen.

Toddlers and babies can explore the illustrated mat and get animal sounds, words, music or a foreign-language translation. The foamy pad and pen sell as a set for $79.99. Two more themes are coming in the fall: i-Mat My Alphabet and i-Mat Under the Sea. Details:

WIC to switch formula

Allegheny County Health Department announced that the Pennsylvania Women, Infants and Children (WIC) supplemental food and nutrition program changed its contract infant formula.

Under a new contract, WIC will offer the Similac and Isomil brands made by Ross instead of Nestle's Gerber Good Start infant-formula brands.

The switch will start Oct. 1 and be completed by Nov. 1. Special infant formula authorized by WIC will still be provided with prescriptions from physicians, certified nurse practitioners or physician assistants.

WIC is a federally funded program for eligible pregnant women, postpartum mothers, breastfeeding mothers and children under the age of 5.

For information about WIC and how to apply for benefits, call the Health Department WIC program at 412-350-5801. If it is a toll call or you live outside Allegheny County, call the statewide toll-free number, 800-942-9467.

Sleep bags

Wee Urban Wee Dreams Sleep Bags, sacks made with soft bamboo and organic cotton, feature modern printed designs and feel like a favorite, cozy sweatshirt. The functional Wee Dreams have hearty snaps and a double zipper to make getting baby in and out a cinch. By using moderate-weight, preshrunk fabrics, the organic cotton and bamboo are super breathable but still warm — making the sleep sack a yearlong fixture rather than a seasonal investment. Available in three sizes, including size 0 to 6+ month for babies that dislike swaddling. Each bag sells for about $50. Details:

‘Extreme' binge drinking common among teens: study

One in five high-school seniors reports binge drinking in the past two weeks, and one in 10 reports “extreme” binge drinking — having 10 or more drinks on one occasion, according to a new study, reported by Reuters Health.

Analyzing responses from more than 16,000 students surveyed between 2005 and 2011, researchers said they were “surprised” by how many reported alcohol consumption at levels much higher than questionnaires usually cover.

— From staff and wire reports

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