Danger Of Drop-Down Side Rails
Are you set to buy your baby's crib? If you're like most parents, you're probably excited shopping for your little tot. You only want the best for your bundle of joy so you're going to spend a lot of time critically examining each of the cribs you see in the baby store. Now if there's one thing you have to know, it's that new federal rules have taken effect to ban the manufacture and sale of baby cribs that come with drop-down side rails.
It may have been the type of crib you used when you were a baby but federal government doesn't allow that anymore. If you're wondering why, it's because these cribs have been associated with at least 32 infant deaths since 2000. That is according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), meanwhile, released new rules that require manufacturers and sellers to follow the safer crib standards. These standards call for more durable hardware and mattress supports. Rigorous testing of the cribs is also ordered.
The CPSC reported that all drop-side cribs can pose dangers to children. There are gaps that can sometimes form between the mattress and drop side rails. These can occur due to assembly or installation errors or malfunction from use. An infant can get trapped in the gap and suffocate.
To ensure that your baby will have a safe and sound sleep, you should:
• Purchase a crib that meets safety standards that can reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
• The crib's mattress should be firm and should be covered with a fitted sheet that can't easily be removed.
• Avoid placing pillows or toys in the crib. Yes, they look cute, but remember that even the softest objects can pose as suffocation hazards.
• It's not advisable for an infant to share beds with his/her parents but it's a must that he/she stays in the same room as his/her mother. The American Academy of Pediatrics discouraged allowing a baby to sleep on a couch or armchair. Never leave a child sleeping in any place where there is a risk of falling off.
• The NIH, meanwhile, promotes having an infant sleep on his/her back whether for naps or nighttime slumber. It has been proven that infants who sleep on their backs have lower risks of SIDS compared to those who sleep on their stomachs or sides.
The Transition To New Standards
Crib rental companies are given until December 28, 2012 to follow the new mandate on safety standards on cribs. This will give them enough time to update their cribs with those that follow the newly set federal rules. According to the CPSC, it has been 30 years since the last update of the safety standards for cribs. The CPSC along with other health institutes are positive that the new mandate will result in fewer crib-related injuries and deaths among babies.