Monday, January 3, 2011

SAFETY ALERT: Do Not Use Crib Bumper Pads!

Madigan Alerts Families to the Potential for Suffocation or Strangulation from Bumper Pads
Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today issued an alert to Illinois parents, grandparents and other caregivers of infants urging them to remove bumper pads used along the sides of cribs. Madigan said immediate action is necessary in light of the number of infant deaths and injuries attributed to bumper pads.
The Attorney General is alerting caregivers of this danger to prevent infant deaths. Babies may suffocate or be strangled if they roll against a crib bumper, press their face against the bumper, wedge their head between the pad and the mattress or crib side, or if their neck gets wrapped by the tie that secures the bumper to the crib.
“We know that children have tragically died in their cribs because of these bumper pads,” Attorney General Madigan said. “Parents and caregivers should remove these bumpers to prevent tragedy.”
Since 2008, the National Center for Child Death Review has received reports of 14 infants who have died from suffocation caused by crib bumpers. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American SIDS Institute and the Canadian Health Department have all urged parents not to use crib bumpers.
The above is a press release from the Illinois Attorney General's office.  If you are currently using a crib bumper pad please consider stopping or replacing it with a Breathable Bumper.  We have this bumper currently on C's bed and it works great!  It is not your typical bumper because it is made of mesh and so the baby can still breath if he or she should roll against the sides.  The use of traditional bumper pads is especially dangerous for infants that do not have the motor development and strength to move away from the bumper.
I hope this information is helpful to you and your family.

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