As people continue to feel the pinch of the recession, many parents look to save money by cutting corners. But sometimes, cost cutting can be dangerous. Four things NOT to skimp on:
When parents of infants dilute their child's formula to make it last longer, this can be quite dangerous. But when parents look to save money by buying the generic brand, this is fine. Likewise, making your own baby food (pureeing fruits and vegetables) is another safe cost-saver.
When parents reuse old, cracked plastic baby bottles, they may have BPA that can leach into the liquid. But hand washing and rack-drying bottles from the start help them age more slowly, avoid cracking, and reduce BPA leaching significantly.
When parents try to use less medicine at a time to treat their child in order to make the medicine last longer, this can be ineffective at best and downright dangerous at worst. There are some medicines that children must take on a daily basis - the doses are often calculated upon weight, and so taking the prescribed amount is important. Even fever reducers work only when you give the appropriate dose-for-weight. Cutting corners by skimping on doses is not a good idea; but buying generic is a reasonable solution. If your doctor didn't write a prescription for a generic medicine, call and ask if it can be changed over.
When your cell phone ear piece breaks, don't just hold the phone up to your ear. There is good data that this is dangerous. Invest in a new earpiece or, if you don't have the money available, use the speaker mode. Holding the phone up to your head is likely dangerous; keeping some distance between your brain and the antenna of the phone is much safer!