WebMD’s story about bassinet safety is a little disturbing.
First, Kelley Colihan the author states that “more and more families” are using bassinets but doesn’t give any stats. That fine because the stats she gives later on our shocking.
Between 1990 and 2004 the Consumer Product Safety Commission studied all infant deaths that involved bassinets.
- 85% of infant deaths were the result of suffocation;
- 74% of the bassinets had blankets, pillows, or PLASTIC BAGS in them;
- 37% of the babies had been placed face-down to sleep;
- 50% of the babies were found in their bassinets face down;
- 9% were due to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
- 9 of the infants died because the bassinet had a mechanical problem or weren’t used properly. (I’m assuming a product liability type situation)
I can’t understand why anyone would place a plastic bag in their child’s bassinet. Come on people. A little common sense goes a long way!
I have two young boys. Were were told from day one ‘face up to wake up’ and “face up for safety.’ I also remember getting pamphlets regarding what not to put in a crib, bassinet etc. The simple answer was: Nothing. Don’t put anything in your kid’s crib or bassinet.
Again, just remember use common sense when trying to get your kids to sleep. And certainly don’t put plastic bags in your kids cribs or bassinets!
If there is a mechanical problem with the bassinet or crib give me a call. I’d be happy to discuss whether the bassinet or crib company didn’t use their common sense when they designed it.
Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Oconto, Racine, Janesville and Wauwatosa.