Bunk Beds and Boo-Boos
We’ve been thinking about getting a bunk bed for our kids, who share a bedroom. But this news may change our minds: Nearly 36,000 kids and adolescents are treated in the ER each year for bunk bed-related injuries, according to the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. The report says nearly half of the injuries occurred among children under 6. Not surprisingly, most happened when kids fell fell off the top bunk, causing bruises, cuts and, more seriously, fractures and concussions. Since my 3-year-old daughter, Isabella, is the daredevil in the family (and has already informed us she’s like to sleep on the top bed), we might wait till she’s older or, at the very least, insist that she take the bottom bunk. If you’re considering (or already have) bunk beds, follow these safety rules from the Sleep Products Safety Council.
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