Cribs Linked to Death and Injuries in Babies and Toddlers

Posted by Admin on February 2, 2011
A recent study presented by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio links unacceptably high rates of injury and deaths in babies and young children to cribs, playpens, and bassinets. The researchers are calling for a greater effort to increase awareness of the dangers of these products, and for products to be designed better for safety and for standards to be more vigorously enforced. This study was published in the online edition of the journal of Pediatrics, on February 17th. The senior author of the study, Dr. Gary Smith told the media that, "Despite the attention given to crib safety over the past two decades, the number of injuries and deaths associated with these products remains unacceptably high."

The researchers analyzed data spanning over almost two decades, from 1990 to 2009 for children under the age of two who received treatment at emergency rooms across the country for injuries related to cribs, playpens, and bassinets. This data was collected from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System.

The researchers found that there were an average of 9,500 injuries and more than 100 deaths each year occurring in relation to cribs, bassinets, and playpens. They found that 83% of the injures were related to cribs.

In the report the researchers noted that, "Given the consistently high number of observed injuries, greater efforts are needed to ensure safety in the design and manufacture of these products, ensure their proper usage in the home, and increase awareness of their potential dangers to young children."

Because of reports of the death and injury of more than 30 infants and toddlers over the past decade, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously to ban the sale of drop-sided cribs, starting in June of 2011.

"Injuries Associated With Cribs, Playpens, and Bassinets Among Young Children in the US, 1990-2008."
Elaine S. Yeh, Lynne M. Rochette, Lara B. McKenzie, and Gary A. Smith.
Pediatrics published online 17 February 2011

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