Crib Injuries Land Thousands of Toddlers in ER Each Year
February 24, 2011
I know of at least two of my friends who are about to be new parents (one of which may already have become parents by the time this post gets published) and I came across the article below which is worth reading.
Right now, parents should only use cribs that meet current standards. That includes cribs with no drop sides, which have been banned by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. So, parents have to be particularly careful with hand-me-down cribs, Smith said.
Smith also advises that when putting the baby in the crib be sure there is no bedding, stuffed toys or bumpers in the crib. “All these products have been associated with suffocation deaths,” he said. “Young infants need to be placed in a crib that’s bare, just the child and the crib,” he said. “Just dress the child warmly in a sleeper and place him into a bare crib.”
“Despite these findings, cribs are still the safest sleeping environment for infants and young babies,” Smith added. Having the baby sleep with the parents increases the risk of suffocation, he noted. Amy Chezem, a spokeswomen for the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, said that “each year hundreds of deaths occur when children are placed in a sleep environment that is not specifically designed for children. The safest place for a child is in a fully functional, properly assembled crib.”