Crowded Cribs Linked to Death

Terri Powell
Terri Powell
Amanda Gay
Amanda Gay

Cribs crowded with pillows and soft bedding are being linked to baby deaths according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The Commission says that from 2002 to 2004, 241 children under the age of five died in incidents involving nursery products.

As a mother and grandmother CareNet's Terri Powell says keeping up with the most recent medical research is very important.

"Well you know old school, like even when my kids were little was put them on their tummies and let them go to sleep, let them sleep in bed with us, nurse in bed, it's comfortable. That is not what the doctors are saying now."

Powell reccomends placing infants on their back and avoiding all soft bedding, stuffed animals, and pillows which can be a suffocation hazard.

To keep children warm she recommends a sleeper or a very light blanket designed for babies.

A local mom who took Powell's class says all moms need to do their homework before their baby is born, but unfortunately many do not.

Amanda Gay says, "I think it's very sad but unfortunately it doesn't really surprise me, what you should be doing with your baby.. I don't think it's out there enough."

She says it's sometimes surprising what the latest research shows.

"I wouldn't have thought of pillows being that big a deal either, but you do learn that those things can and even the bumpers around the crib can effect the child if they get tangled up in it."

Powell also warns to never feed your child in bed especially if they are lying on their back.

Milk can drip into their nasal cavities and cause ear infections, or even worse cause them to choke to death.