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Click here to read the SAFETY ALERT on how crib bumper pads pose a suffocation, strangulation & choking hazard for babies.
The National Sudden and Unexpected Infant/Child Death and Pregnancy Loss Project IMPACT supports state and local infant and child death programs through sharing information, promoting policy and legislative changes, building resources, and fostering partnerships and communication.
For additional information on bumper pads, please visit the Project Impact Listserv archive. See the August 2009 section for “Crib Bumpers.”
ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL MADIGAN URGES PARENTS TO IMMEDIATELY STOP USE OF CRIB BUMPERS
Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued an alert to Illinois infant caregivers urging them to remove bumper pads used along the sides of cribs. Madigan said immediate action is necessary in light of the number of infant deaths and injuries attributed to bumper pads. Babies may suffocate or be strangled if they roll against a crib bumper, press their face against the bumper, wedge their head between the pad and the mattress or crib side, or if their neck gets wrapped by the tie that secures the bumper to the crib.
Since 2008, the National Center for Child Death Review has received reports of 14 infants who have died from suffocation caused by crib bumpers. In addition to the alert on the dangers of crib bumpers, Attorney General Madigan urged parents and caregivers to take the time to review her Rest Assured guide to be sure they have no other dangerous children’s items in their homes. The Rest Assured guide provides information to consumers about recalls of cribs or other sleep-related items for children from 2007 to date. To obtain a copy of guide, call the Attorney General’s Product Recall Hotline at 1-888-414-7678 (TTY: 1-800-964-3013), or visit her website, www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov.