Ex­ces­sive pil­lows linked to crib death Gov­ern­ment warns against soft bed­ding

The Covington News - - Health & Wellness - By Chris­tine Sim­mons

WASH­ING­TON — Safety of­fi­cials an­nounced a re­call of 24,000 cribs Thurs­day and also warned par­ents against putting their ba­bies to bed with pil­lows and other soft bed­ding that could suf­fo­cate them.

The 24,000 In­done­sian-made cribs were re­called for putting chil­dren at risk of fall­ing out. The cribs, im­ported by Mu­nire Furniture Inc., have im­proper brack­ets that don’t al­low their mat­tresses to be fully low­ered. This could al­low chil­dren inside the crib to crawl over the rail­ing and fall.

The re­call in­cludes the com­pany’s Ma­jes­tic Curved Top, Ma­jes­tic Flat Top, Es­sex, Brighton/Sus­sex and Cap­tiva cribs with var­i­ous model num­bers. The cribs were sold at chil­dren’s spe­cialty stores be­tween Novem­ber 2005 and Novem­ber 2007. No in­juries have been re­ported.

What par­ents are plac­ing inside their ba­bies’ cribs is an­other con­cern, the Con­sumer Prod­uct Safety Com­mis­sion said.

From 2002 to 2004, 241 chil­dren un­der age 5 died in in­ci­dents in­volv­ing nurs­ery prod­ucts, the CPSC said. About 40 per­cent of the deaths in­volved cribs, with soft bed­ding cited as the lead­ing con­tribut­ing fac­tor. Many of the chil­dren suf­fo­cated when ly­ing face down on pil­lows or other bed­ding, the agency said.

“Less is more when you’re talk­ing about the crib,” CPSC spokes­woman Julie Vallese said, adding that cribs should be free of adult pil­lows and blan­kets, stuffed an­i­mals and baby quilts.

To re­duce risk of suf­fo­ca­tion and sud­den in­fant death syn­drome, par­ents should place ba­bies on their back in a crib that meets cur­rent safety stan­dards, the agency said.

Among other in­ci­dents of death in cribs, ba­bies be­came trapped when the mat­tress was ill-fit­ting, CPSC said. Old, bro­ken and mod­i­fied cribs should not be used, and par­ents should never al­low a gap larger than two fin­gers at any point be­tween the sides of the crib and mat­tress, the agency ad­vised.

The agency said there were 36 deaths over the same pe­riod re­lat­ing to baby baths and bath seats. All oc­curred when care­givers left the baby unat­tended. In many in­stances, ba­bies slipped out of bath seats, fell out of baby seats or tipped for­ward or side­ways into the wa­ter.

At no time, even for a few sec­onds, should ba­bies be left unat­tended in the tub, Vallese said.

Deaths in­volv­ing playpens also were high, with many re­sult­ing from the use of soft bed­ding.

Al­though CPSC has in re­cent years is­sued many crib prod­uct re­calls, Vallese said there were no re­lated deaths dur­ing 2002 through 2004 that in­volved a re­called prod­uct or a prod­uct that even­tu­ally was re­called.

In 2006, the most re­cent year in which in­jury data was col­lected, CPSC counted about 66,400 emer­gency in­juries linked with nurs­ery prod­ucts among chil­dren un­der age 5. In­fant car­ri­ers and cars seats, ex­clud­ing mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents, ac­counted for 14,200 in­juries and cribs and mat­tresses 11,300.

The most com­mon in­juries in 2006 re­sulted from falls, and the head was the most fre­quently in­jured body part.

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