SEATTLE – Stop using bumper pads in infant cribs.
That’s the new guildeline released by the American Academy of Pediatrics in its effort to reduce the number of SIDS deaths.
According to Parenting.com, the AAP says there is no evidence that crib bumpers protect against injury, but they do carry the risk of suffocation, strangulation or entrapment. The AAP says infants don’t have the motor skills or strength to turn their heads if they roll into something that blocks their breathing.
The AAP is credited with releasing the 1992 guideline that babies be placed on their backs when they sleep. Initially, SIDS deaths dropped dramatically, but have leveled out in recent years. However, Parenting.com reports sleep-related deaths from causes such as suffocation and entrapment have increased.