They are supposed to increase children’s protection, but crib bumpers could be fatal to newborns. This is, at least, the conclusion that pediatricians have reached after studying the effects of crib bumpers on new born babies during the period between 2006 and 2012.
Pediatric organizations in the U.S.A are now trying to alarm parents of the negative consequences that crib bumpers could have on the safety and the health of their children. Their fears are well-grounded: a study between 2006 and 2012 revealed that crib bumpers caused 23 children deaths in this time interval.
The rate of newborn deaths was much smaller in the period prior to 2006, scientists have concluded after comparing figures between the two periods. Thus, it goes without saying that the bumpers should be banned to protect children.
NJ Scheers, the lead author of the survey, explains that most of the deaths have occurred because the child’s nose or mouth were blocked by the respective bumpers. Children, who are not closely supervised by their parents get suffocated and, most of the times, the damage is irreversible.
The American Academy of Paediatrics, the National Institutes of Health and the Canadian Pediatric Society suggest authorities to ban crib bumpers or to replace them with safer protections. Unfortunately, their claims have not been seriously taken into consideration as parents and companies refuse to give up these bed elements.
There has been, however, some progress, as Scheers has stated. Chicago and the Maryland state have completely given up on these products simply because they have understood that they can be dangerous. The famous Swedish producer, Ikea, has also banned them, following in the footsteps of the famous Target stores.
Pediatricians, who understand the risks that these products pose for young children, will continue to protest until the crib bumpers will be banned. The only way for a crib bumper to be safe is if there is no such thing in your child’s bed, they have concluded.
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