Check your child's hockey stick: Health Canada has announced that the yellow paint on Nike Bauer Supreme One50 JR-52 composite stick contains more than the allowable limit of lead. Although no illnesses have been reported in connection with these sticks, if you do have any at home, take them out of your child's reach immediately and call Bauer Hockey Corp. at 1-888-734-0443 for a replacement stick. Here's a picture of the stick from Health Canada's website:
It won't be any surprise to parents who've followed the toy recalls of the past few years that the sticks in question were made in China. Literally millions of manufactured-in-China toys, including well-known brands such as Thomas the Tank Engine and Mattel, have been recalled since 2007, and for the very same reason: unacceptable levels of lead in their paint. Lead is toxic, particularly for young children. And it's the little ones who are most likely to gnaw on toys and, yes, even hockey sticks, and ingest particles of lead-containing paint. (Since 2007, Today's Parent has taken the step of having all infant, toddler and preschool toys we recommend in our annual Toy Guide independently tested for lead; if any lead is found, even if it's below the allowable limit, we don't feature the toy.)
Symptoms of lead poisoning include abdominal pain, nausea, headache and fatigue. If you're worried about lead exposure in your family, see your doctor; a simple blood test can either confirm there's a problem, or put your mind at ease. And for more information about lead poisoning, click on this Health Canada web page.
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