Baby Suffocation by Drapery and Blind Cords
Many babies and infants get suffocated and choked by wires and loose cords at home. One of these cords which are responsible to may suffocation incidents are drapes and blinds cords. These cords which are long and firm, are sometimes hanging loose from the ceiling. They have a loose loop at the bottom part, which makes them very dangerous to kids!!
Infants and toddlers, crawl or walk and reach the bottom part of the drapery cords. They can insert the loop over their head as they play. Fatal accidents occur when the baby wraps the cord a few times over their neck, then when they try and loosen the grip they do not manage and the panic and try to run. This causes the wrapped cord to tighten even more!
Smaller babies which can walk can get in the same situation, but they are still unstable at walking or standing, and they fall. Falling with a loose string around the neck can be deadly to an infant.
Other incidents happen when the drapery and blinds cords are near the crib. The baby plays in their bed and pulls the cords into the crib. When they fall a sleep they roll over from side to side, getting the blinds strings wrapped around their neck blocking their airway.
How To Prevent Suffocation By Drapery Cords
It can be easy to eliminate this risk of suffocation. First thing is knowing!
The second thing is to look if your blinds cords and wires are loose hanging, and are reachable by younger kids. If there is a loop at the end, you can cut it. Or you can cut the cords 2-3 feet higher, so they do not reach the ground or a crawling height of the infant. If you do not want to cut the cords you can do a knot higher so the end is not low hanging.
You need to make sure there are no loose strings or cords near the crib, or near a place the baby can reach them like a high stool or dinner chair where they may be sitting.
Use Cordless Window Covering For a Safer Home
You can never be 24/7 365 days a year alert what your baby is doing. For this reason you should take into consideration upgrading your home as recommended by the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) with cordless window covering.
Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) brings this warning to all parents:
Window cords can pose a potential strangulation hazard to young children.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, corded window coverings are among the top five hidden hazards in American homes. Check your window coverings for exposed or dangling cords and retrofit or replace them with today’s safer products.
Safety experts recommend using only cordless window coverings in homes with young children.
For a baby to sleep during day time, and take occasional naps, the nursery needs to be darkened. Use a safe window cover to blackout the sunlight, by using a safe solution like the folding shade cover, which helps shade the nursery and has no cords.
When you arrive to other peoples homes, look for cords and strings with loops, and drapes and blinds cords. If there are ask politely to tie them in a knot so they are out of reach. At your own home, make sure to get the shades which are safe to be used when there are kids in the house.