BENTONVILLE, Ark., Sept. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Keeping kids healthy and safe is a primary concern for parents and guardians, but having the right tips and tools for every stage of a child's development can help lessen this anxiety. To help, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and Abbott have partnered with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to host "Baby Days," complimentary events in select Wal-Mart stores nationwide, where attendees will receive a child ID kit and NCMEC-developed safety tips that can help families begin building a lifetime of safety and well-being with their child.
"It is never too early for families to focus on the personal safety of their children, and educating themselves about the tips and strategies that can help keep them safer is an important step to take," said Robbie Callaway, co-founder of NCMEC, "That is why we are so grateful to Abbott and Wal-Mart for giving families access to these important resources through the 'Baby Days' event."
The "Baby Days" event will take place in select Wal-Mart stores on Saturday, September 8, 2007. Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit their local store to pick up a child ID kit, which includes a DNA collection tool and advice on how to properly take and store a DNA sample, as well as space to attach a recent picture of the child. Parents and guardians can find a participating store in their area by visiting the "In Stores Now" section of , where child ID kits without the DNA collection component are available for download.
"Abbott is dedicated to helping parents and guardians raise healthy children," says Scott White, divisional vice president and general manager of pediatric products, Abbott Nutrition. "We are proud to partner with Wal-Mart and NCMEC to bring this important safety information to our consumers across the country."
NCMEC encourages parents and guardians to take a proactive role in the safety of their children and offers some helpful tips, including:
-- Understand potential risks before placing birth announcement in the local newspaper or online - Birth announcements should never include the family's home address and should be limited to the parents surnames -- Have a recent color photograph of your child - For infants, a full, front-face view is recommended along with footprints and a written description of the infant noting hair, eye color, length, weight, date of birth, and any unique physical characteristics -- Consider having a DNA sample taken from your child -- Choose babysitters with care by obtaining references, checking in unexpectedly during a session and noting any changes in your child's mood or behavior -- As children mature and become verbal: - Ensure they know their full name, address and phone number - Teach them how and when to call 911 - Require that they ask permission before leaving home-------------------------