Trish Carpenter: Bumper pads should be banned |

Trish Carpenter: Bumper pads should be banned

Crib bumper pads are dangerous. As a result of their use, 48 infants died and 146 suffered injuries from 1985 to 2012, according to a study published in the February 2016 issue of "Journal of Pediatrics."

NJ Scheers, Ph.D., Dean W. Woodward, MS, and Dr. Bradley T. Thach, pediatrician and professor emeritus at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Missouri, reported that bumper pads can cause death. It was highlighted in this report that strangulation, asphyxiation or other serious injuries were the result of bumper pad use.

According to Thach, older babies who used bumpers to climb over crib rails can suffer severe injuries. Scott Wolfson, communication director of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, also noted that due to the inherent danger of bumper pads they should not be used.

Chicago banned the sale and production of bumper pads in 2011, and in 2013, Maryland followed suit. New York is currently considering banning bumpers.

"A ban on crib bumpers would reinforce the message that no soft bedding of any kind should be placed in a baby’s crib," Thach said. "There is one sure fire way of preventing infant deaths from crib bumpers: Don’t use them, ever.”

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The American Academy of Pediatrics, Canadian Pediatric Society, National Institute of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended against the use of crib bumpers.

Bumper pads have yet to be ostracized throughout our great country. Let’s ensure that in Steamboat Springs there are no baby deaths attributed to their use.

Trish Carpenter

Steamboat Springs