Since 1983, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) has been annually sponsoring Baby Safety Month. This year, the organization is reminding parents and caregivers the importance of selecting juvenile products that are infant and child-safe and providing other useful tips. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death and injury among children. The good news is that by taking precautions when it comes to baby proofing, sleep and car seat safety, and preventing furniture tip-overs, we can each do our parts to keep these numbers down.
The JPMA recommends starting with the basics, which includes:
In just a two-year span, more than 12,000 children were injured seriously enough in furniture tip-over incidents that they needed emergency medical treatment. In fact, every 43 minutes a child is injured from a television or piece of furniture tipping over – and in some cases, the injuries they sustain are fatal. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to prevent tip-over injuries from happening. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends anchoring any top-heavy furniture items, televisions, and removing tempting objects (like TV remotes or toys) from the tops of dressers, TV’s, and any other types of large, heavy furniture.
Every state has a law that requires the use of car seats. Car seats need to meet federal safety standards in order to reduce car accident and product-related injuries.
When you purchase a car seat, be sure to follow all the manufacturer’s instructions. The JPMA recommends avoiding car seats that are second hand or are past their expiration date, that have been in automobile accidents, or are missing the manufacturer’s label, date of manufacture, and/or model number.
The CDC reports approximately 3,500 sudden unexpected infant deaths, or SUIDs, each year. The three most commonly reported types of SUIDs are sudden infant death syndrome (also known as SIDS), unknown causes, and accident strangulation and suffocation in bed. Ensuring that infants and children sleep safely is thought to be one of the most effective ways to prevent potentially deadly sleep-related hazards.
Direct from the American Academy of Pediatrics, here are just a few tips for promoting safe sleep for your baby or infant at home:
To read more of the AAP’s safe sleeping guidelines on its official website.
Our team at Galfand Berger hopes these tips from Baby Safety Month are helpful for our readers with young children.
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