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Pillows should not be in the Crib with Baby: The CPSC sends out an urgent warning

Posted Sep 22 2008 10:13am
WASHINGTON, DC- The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a warning for parents to make sure that there are no pillows in the crib with your baby due to the high risk and suffocation and entrapment.The CPSC is aware of at least 47 infant deaths between January 2006 and May 2008 associated with pillow use in the sleeping environment. In the 16 years between January 1992 and May 2008, pillows and cushions have been associated with 531 infant deaths. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a warning for parents to make sure that there are no pillows in the crib with your baby due to the high risk and suffocation and entrapment.

"Parents should be especially vigilant when preparing for a new baby," said Acting Chairman Nancy Nord. "Babies represent our most precious and vulnerable population."

TIPS ON BEING SAFE IN THE NURSERY:

  • Place your baby on his or her back inside the crib, to To reduce the risk of SIDS and suffocation. Make sure your crib meets current safety criteria
  • Never use a pillow as a mattress for your baby to sleep or to prop your baby’s head or neck.
  • Infants can strangle to death if their bodies pass through gaps between loose components, broken slats and other parts of the crib and their head and neck become entrapped in the space.
  • Don’t use older, broken or modified cribs
  • Check the tightness of the crib hardware regularly to make sure sides are kept firm on the crib.
  • Infants can suffocate in spaces between the sides of the crib and an ill-fitting mattress; never allow a gap larger than two finger widths at any point between the sides of the crib and the mattress.
  • Never place a crib near a window with blind or curtain cords; infants can strangle on the cords.


TIPS ON BEING SAFE AROUND THE HOUSE

  • Properly set up play yards according to manufacturers' directions. Only use the mattress provided with the play yard. Do not add extra mattresses, pillows or cushions to the play yard, which can cause a suffocation hazard for infants.
  • Look for a toy chest that has a support that will hold the hinged lid open in any position in which it is placed or buy one with a detached lid or doors.
  • Small Parts – For kids that are younger than age three, avoid toys with small parts, which can cause choking.
  • Magnets - For children younger than age eight, avoid building sets with small magnets. If magnets or pieces with magnets are swallowed, serious injuries and/or death can result.
  • Select toys to suit the age, abilities, skills and interest level of the intended child. Look for sturdy construction, such as tightly-secured eyes, noses and other potential small parts.
  • For all children younger than age eight, avoid toys that have sharp edges and points.
  • Verify that furniture is stable on its own. For added security, anchor to the floor or attach to a wall
  • Use outlet covers and outlet plates to help prevent electrocution.


The CPSC encourages parents to regularly check toys and nursery products against CPSC recall lists and remove recalled products from your home. Sign-up for automatic e-mail recall notifications at http://www.cpsc.gov/
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270 or visit CPSC's Web site at www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at www.cpsc.gov.
SOURCE : U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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