Bumper Pads Proving Dangerous For Babies
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Bumper pads are used in the baby cribs to prevent the babies from bumping
or getting trapped their heads against these hard and heavy bars of a crib
or in bedding. These bumper pads are meant for the safety of the baby but
they can show a reversible dangerous effect for the babies. Bumper pads
increase the risk of accidental death or injury to the baby according to
the researches and investigations.
Researchers suggest that the hazards or harm of the bumper pads in the
crib over weigh their benefits. The researchers of the Consumer Product
Safety Commission related to the deaths of babies due to the bumper pads
in the crib suggest that about 20% of sudden baby deaths are caused due
to use of this bumper pads in the crib.
Many infants get tied up between the bumper pads and find them in an
irresistible situation. They are unable to free themselves from this bumper
pads due to lack of motor development needed to do this. Consequently
this leads to suffocation as their nose and mouth are compressed in these
hazardous bumper pads. This causes a real injury to their breathing system
and many a times results into a sudden unexpected death.
Parents totally think wrong if they think that only hard bumper pads
are dangerous for the babies. Both hard and soft bumper pads are equally
dangerous and harmful for the baby, as the researchers suggest.
If the pads are too soft then the baby's nose and mouth are compressed
or pressed against it and the baby suffocates. And if the bumper pad is
firm enough then the baby can climb over it and fall out of the crib.
These both the things are very dangerous.
So the parents or guardians should not at all use the bumper pads in
the baby cribs or bassinets as they do not impose safety to the baby but
prove to be very dangerous.
All this study can be easily made in the analysis of the dangers of the
baby bed and crib bumpers published in the September 2007 issue of The
Journal of Pediatrics. These results show that how ubiquitous are the
baby crib bumper pads. Also avoiding the use of bumper pads is useful
in protecting the baby's head from the hard surface.
Even if there are bumper pads in your baby's crib then it should follow
certain guidelines to reduce the danger to your infant. They should be
high enough so that the baby does not climb over it and fall down.
Parents should see to all these points while selecting the crib for their