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Crib bumper dangers.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently issued a warning about the use of padded crib bumpers, but didn't ban the their sale, a move that concerns the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

The CPSC statement said, "We strongly warn parents and caregivers not to use padded crib bumpers ... We strongly believe that the risk of death from padded crib bumpers far outweighs any purported benefits. When it comes to any child's safe sleep environment, bare really is best." This agrees with the AAP's sleep environment recommendations.

According to the AAP's October policy statement, crib bumpers are decorative only and serve no safety purpose. What they do is pose a serious suffocation hazard to children. Some of the key recommendations of the policy statement are:

* To reduce the risk of SIDS, infants should be placed for sleep on their back, for every sleep, until the child is 1 year old.

* Infants should sleep in a crib or bassinet with a firm mattress covered by a fitted sheet with no other bedding or soft objects.

* Because there is no evidence that bumper pads or similar products that attach to crib slats or sides prevent injury in young infants, and because there is the potential for suffocation, entrapment, and strangulation, these products are not recommended.

* Babies should only be brought into the parents' bed for feeding or comfort.

* Babies should never be placed on a sofa, couch, or cushioned chair, either alone or sleeping with another person.

"Urging parents not to purchase crib bumpers while allowing them to remain on the market is confusing, and inappropriately places the burden of safety on parents while needlessly exposing infants to risk of death," said AAP President Benard Dreyer, MD, FAAP. "Parents tell us that'if they sell them, they must be safe.' Pediatricians and child health advocates will continue to call on the CPSC to protect infants by banning these dangerous products that serve no child health benefit."

American Academy of Pediatrics, 11/04/16

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Date:Jan 1, 2015
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