Do you or did you use bumper pads in your child's crib? We did with one child and not with another. Doctors are warning parents that babies can become entrapped between the bumper pad and the railing. That can lead to the baby inhaling too much CO2 and suffocation.
The new study was done at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Dr. Bradley Thach says there were a few strangulations with bumper cord ties, but most of the death cases they saw were caused by suffocation.
The current guidelines for bumper pads call for avoiding pillow-like pads, but the new study showed all firmness levels posed dangers. Babies as young as one month old can wedge their head and neck between the pumper pad and the mattress. Dr. Thach said, “And then it flattens out over the back of their heads, usually, and babies don’t know how to go back.” The pad also creates a breathing hazard when a baby's face gets pressed against it.It makes sense to me. I took the bumper pads off with my first son and put a net around the crib. It looked horrible, but it worked! He couldn't get his feet caught in between the railing, but he could still breath through the holes. He was one of those kids who liked to bury his face in the bumper pads.
My second son doesn't want anything to do with the bumper pads, so they are still on. I am not sure that is the wisest thing to do after reading the new warnings. However, doctors say babies one month to eight months are at the most risk because they can scooch around, but may not have the head strength to untangle themselves. My son is almost 13 months (I can't believe he's that old!) Still, I will have to take the bumper pads off soon because he will probably start to stand on them and try to get out of the crib at some point. My eldest son did that and ended up with a broken collar bone!
About.com has an article that explains why bumper pads were invented in the first place. I wish the manufacturers would stop making them if they're not safe. They are so darn cute and they're everywhere. I don't know that I have seen a crib set without them! I'm sure a lot of new parents don't know they're not recommended by major health organizations.
Did you use bumper pads? Why or why not?