If you’re a new parent or grandparent, you’re no stranger to exhaustion. The moments when the infant in your life is napping or sleeping soundly are more relaxed may seem like times when you can let your guard down a bit, but they can actually be incredibly dangerous if your baby’s sleeping environment is unsafe.
The leading cause of injury-related fatality for children under the age of one is unintentional suffocation. The vast majority of these deaths result from accidental suffocation or strangulation in bed.
Here are six ways to help prevent infant suffocation:
- Make sure the crib or bassinet contains a firm mattress with a tight-fitting crib sheet. Stuffed animals, soft bedding, and other accessories can block your child’s airway during sleep.
- Always return your baby to his or her crib after a midnight feeding or diaper change. It can be tempting to bring the baby to your own bed, but the crib is a much safer sleeping environment.
- Place your infant on his or her back in the crib for sleeping.
- Make sure that your crib meets safety standards
- Don’t place your child’s crib or bed near windows, draperies, blinds, or any other items that have cords.
- Don’t hang mobiles or other items above your infant’s crib.
If your child has been injured due to a defective crib or other item, contact the experts at Schuerman Law today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.