Thursday, February 28, 2008

U.S. CPSC: Keeping Baby Safe at Bedtime

A U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission analysis on Nursery-Product Related Injuries and Deathes found that 47% of deaths associated with cribs were attributed to pillows, quilts, and other bedding. 30% of the deaths were attributed to entrapment in old, poor condition cribs.

The CPSC wants parents to:

  • Reduce the risk of SIDS and suffocation by placing babies to sleep on their back
  • Prevent suffocation by never using a pillow
  • Ensuring cribs do not have gaps their head and neck could become entrapped in.
    - Do not use old, broken or modified cribs
    - Tighten hardware regularly
    - Never allow a gap larger than two fingers at any point between the sides of the crib and the mattress
  • Never place a crib near a window with blind or curtain cords.
  • Ensure proper set up play yards, according to manufacturers’ instructions.
  • Check nursery products against CPSC recall lists and remove recalled products from your home regularly.

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Source: U.S. CPSC