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Child Safety Advocates Warn Against Using Crib Bumpers

The Illinois child injury lawyers at our firm have worked with many families whose new additions have suffered a variety of injuries. Of course the birth of a new family member is one of the most joyous moments in the life. It is natural for many families to do everything humanely possible to ensure that the child is born without complications and is not harmed as they grow up in ways that will affect the rest of their lives.

At times children are hurt in ways that parents could not have prevented-such as when a birth injury occurs as the result of malpractice on the part of the medical professionals involved. However, once the child is at home, safe and sound, there are still many dangers that parents must guard against. Accidents will always happen that could never be expected. However, as those accidents occur, families, babysitters, child product manufacturers and others can learn from them and take steps to prevent future harm.

For example, many were shocked when stories first came out about young children that were killed or severely injured after being caught in the window blind cords. At first, no one knew that such accident could occur. However, after those first accidents all those in position to prevent the similar tragedies were put on notice. Manufacturers were then in a position to create designs which were safer for children and caregivers were made aware of steps that could be taken to ensure blind cords did not pose a threat to those in their care.

Along those same lines, CNN reported this week on warnings being made about a once-popular child safety device: crib bumpers. It is being reported that a group of doctors is urging parents not to use crib bumpers at all because of fear that they increase the risk of suffocation and entrapment accidents. Crib bumpers are pads that are added to the inside of the crib to prevent a child from sticking body parts through the crib slats and from making contact with the wood on the crib. The new warning comes as part of a larger scale statement addressing “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome” (SIDS) from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The doctor involved in the statement explained that there have now been several different studies which have not found any benefit to the bumpers. Considering that there have been several deaths connected to the product, there remains little reason why parents should put these pads in the cribs under any circumstances.

Our Illinois birth injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti have worked with enough families to know the countless lives that remain affected because of crib injuries that strike young children. All families should obviously do everything reasonable and within their power to keep their children safe. That includes being aware of the growing body of evidence that suggests certain child safety product-like crib bumpers-may cause more harm than good. This same warning applies to all caregivers who watch and protect children at day-care facilities, in hospitals, and elsewhere.

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