Putting a baby to sleep can be regarded as being problematic for most parents out there. Once you put the little tyke to sleep, then you can finally hit the sack. But is the baby really safe, tucked away in his little bed? A new study managed to state that infant deaths are linked to misused crib bumpers.
Several pediatricians got together in order to perform a study to see if there is indeed a connection between parents using crib bumpers in order to protect their children and a staggering rate of infant deaths. The study, which was later published in the Journal of Pediatrics, used data on the children’s deaths between 1985 and 2012. According to their conclusions, during this period, 77 young children dies on account of misused or defective bed bumpers.
Although they could not say for certain if the infants died as a direct result of parents using crib bumpers, the doctors observed that in each case there was a mentioning of such a device. Moreover, according to their own observation, it would seem that, over the years, this number may have tripled.
Regarding how the children perished, the doctors could only speculate. Most of them agree that each of them died due to suffocation. The young tykes would squirm in their bed, eventually finding their way behind the crib bumper. Most of them would get stuck in the narrow space between the bumper and the crib’s bars, the result being that they would eventually perish due to mechanical asphyxiation.
Over the years, both parents and doctors have verbalized regarding the way the bumpers were produced. So, beginning in 2012, many companies that manufactured these crib bumpers had to change their design, making them thinner than before. Unfortunately, it would seem that, although the companies acted on the complaints and changed their design, more children have perished.
Following this tragical event, the Government, along with a couple of civil societies have made the decision of restricting the use of crib bumpers. It would seem that the design of the bumper itself is of little consequence. Whatever you do, your child will eventually find his way in that narrow space.
In response to recent events, a spokesperson for the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association made a statement in which he declared that all products in this area meet the specifications required by the bedding standard. He also added that if the products are used properly then there will no risk of suffocation.