In a recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warned of the risks and dangers associated with crib bumpers. In 2005, the AAP recommended that bumper use be limited to products that were thin, firm and not pillow-like. Now, they are speaking out against the product altogether.
Researchers have determined the number of child fatalities associated with crib bumpers has tripled over the past seven years. To date, 77 infants and toddlers have died as a result of padded bumpers inside their cribs; however, researchers believe the number of bumper-related fatalities is actually much higher that what has been reported.
Many parents believe they are protecting their children from injury when they use crib bumpers, yet the bumpers may actually harm their infants by increasing the risk of strangulation and suffocation. This misleading concept is the reason the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly urges parents to stop using crib bumpers.
In 2012, Consumer Reports magazine included crib bumpers on their Dangerous Baby Products to Avoid list.
Babies can choke on crib bumper ties, and they can be smothered if they roll behind a crib bumper. Toddlers can also use certain crib bumpers to climb from their crib, which can lead to traumatic head injuries or death from falling.
Currently, there are no federal regulations restricting crib bumper use, and most industry regulators still consider crib bumpers safe to use. However, bumper-related deaths and injuries were a big enough concern for officials in Maryland that they banned the sale of all crib bumpers in their state. In other areas, many stores no longer sell plastic bumpers, and they will only sell fabric bumpers that are not bulky enough to allow for potential suffocation.
When someone buys a product, they buy it in good faith. They believe the product will be safe and work as the manufacturer says. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and certain products, even baby, products may be harmful.
If your child has been injured by a dangerous product such as a crib bumpers, contact a Sacramento personal injury attorney at the Arnold Law Firm right away.