Jan 10, 2012
Important report on infant safety
Statistics show that in 2010, an estimated 224 children per day, under age five, were treated in emergency rooms for injuries associated with nursery products
In their report, Nursery Products and Related Injuries and Deaths Among Children Under Age Five, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) staff presents the latest available statistics on injuries and deaths associated with nursery products among children under age 5 years old. Their statistics show that in 2010, an estimated 224 children per day, under age five, were treated in emergency rooms for injuries associated with nursery products.
This report serves to underscore the CJ Foundation’s frequent reminders to parents to read and follow manufacturers' usage instructions for all products used for your baby.
Many of the reported injuries were not CAUSED by the product but were associated with them – such as falls and resulting head injuries from infant carriers and car seats used outside of a car. A Boppy in the sleep environment, or a car seat propped and unsecured on a shopping cart can be deadly and are examples of ways infant products are commonly misused. Not that product misuse is culpable for all deaths and injuries, many products thought to be safe, including, drop-side cribs and even crib bumpers have caused infant deaths and injuries. Here’s a link to the CPSC’s crib information center for more information regarding crib safety.
Cribs and mattresses were associated with 18% of all injuries and 41% of all deaths – many associated with soft bedding. For more information on keeping your infant safe while sleeping, please download these Ten-Tips.