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Safety issues regarding cots & cot beds

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We all are aware in the UK that whatever happens in the USA usually follows on here - could be the weather or even shopping trends....

However, in the USA there has been a recent ban on dropside mechanism cots, junior beds & USA cribs (UK version is cot) with drop-sides and this may reduce that number, so researchers say

Well the latest news in the USA about children's beds is that almost 10,000 babies and toddlers are hurt in their cot, cot bed or playpen due to accidents each year- (according to the very first analysis of ER treatments for these particular type of accidents)

Most of the injuries documented were from falls in toddlers between the age of 1 and 2 years old, who are quite active and old enough to make the effort to climb out of their cot, cot bed or playpen.

The US researchers who studied 19 years worth of ER information, say that better accident prevention efforts are needed, but that recent safety measures in the USA, which have included a total ban on drop-side mechanisms on cots & cot-beds will more than likely reduce those numbers.

Who knows if the same ban on drop sides may ever take effect in the UK?

In reality & for your own assurance - just double check the safety of your cot, crib or playpen. Ensure that all screws are firmly fixed etc. Make sure that the mattress is a good and safe fitting one. Take notice of the "safe sleeping environment for babies" advice.

All of this advice can be found on both our baby & children's mattress websites, from your Health Visitor or just contact us should you need any help at all. We will be pleased to offer as much help as we can.

Our team are fully aware that you may be about to use a crib or cot that was your own when you were young, maybe even from a generation earlier......

We are here to help with your enquiries.

Just email us or call one of us (office hours) 01254 760750 or 777603

17th February 2011, 23:32
Page updated 5th Oct 2015, 13:25
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