The crib is supposed to be a baby’s little cuddly paradise, or so we think. In an attempt to make it as comfortable and snugly as possible a lot is put into providing the best blankets, stuffed toys and all manner of things that babies are supposed to like. But could these same items of comfort pose a risk to your baby? For example, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), also known as crib death or cot death is the sudden and unexplained death of a child less than one year of age. It occurs when while the baby is sleeping and is just one of the dangers out there.
Soft bedding isn’t really all that comfortable
Most of the times when parents decide on what to get their children, they base their decisions on their own opinions, assuming that they know best. Soft bedding is naturally what any parent would put in their baby’s crib. However, it poses a risk because it can get caught up in the baby’s face causing it (the baby) to re-breathe exhaled air, which is rich in carbon dioxide. For adults, this is not a risk because at such times the instinctive thing to do is breath faster. A baby on the other hand does not have well-developed responses and can therefore breathe slower and eventually stop breathing.
Photos in popular magazines showing babies sleeping with pillows, quilts and the likes mislead parents to think that it is the norm. A National Infant Position Study shows that hazardous bedding material is likely to be used more by teen moms than older moms. The information figures since a lot of what the younger moms learn about taking care of their babies is picked from such magazines. In light of this fatal implication of the comfy stuff to the baby’s health, the advisable thing to do is keep your baby away from it until they are grown up enough to know why they prefer on blanket over another. In the meantime, sleeping outfits that fit close and can be zipped up should suffice.
Loose cords all over the place
Baby monitors can be a good way of keeping an eye on your baby. The same monitor however has a power cord that is an accident waiting to happen. Low hanging mobiles are also another potential threat that needs to be dealt with before the damage is done. All The above mentioned items can entangle the baby and harm them or even suffocate them. The bottom line is, watch out for anything that is hanging around the baby’s crib because it has the potential to cause harm.
Do away with bumper pads
This is yet another comfort item that is not needed at all. “Pillow like” bumpers are just as harmful as a pillow and for the same reason-suffocation. This happens when a sleeping baby’s face sinks into the bumper pads. Aside from the pad itself, the ties too can become a strangulation object if they get tied around the baby’s neck. The baby could also be caught between stiff bumpers and something else, say the mattress. Research recommends that stiffer bumpers be used but parents are now being urged to do away with bumpers all together.
Bedbugs in the cot!
Bedbugs thrive in warm and dry places-all the while feeding on your blood. It is not the nicest thing to have in your baby’s crib but at least it is not fatal as other things in this list. The itching from the bite can cause great discomfort though and if this happens with the baby, then your peace also flies out the window. Bedbugs can be seen with the naked eye; however, they are not easily noticeable. Among the telltale signs of a bed bug infestation are red and black spots in the bedding. This is your baby’s blood and bug feces.
The first step to getting rid of them involves washing the bedding with bleach on sanitize cycle if your washing machine has it. Warming up the mattress will also kill them as they die at about 115 degrees. Putting traps around the legs of the bed prevents the bugs from climbing further too. With infestation, control is better than letting the little insects run wild and then attempting eradication. Protecting your child from these dangers is of paramount importance. The best thing about it is that prevention often involves simple undertakings that do not cost you much if at all.