Crib Mattress Cover and SIDS – Can They Help?

A while back a customer called and had heard about SIDS and was wondering if a crib mattress cover was something they should consider getting. Could a cover prevent it? That is a tough question.

The cause of SIDS is unknown, although there are all sorts of theories.

Now some people believe it may be caused by the crib mattress. The general thought in regards to SIDS is that a newer mattress is more dangerous because they will have more chemicals off-gassing because it is new.

The truth is that all mattresses (except organic ones) are made with several chemicals, most notably fire retardants, that are not really healthy and that these chemicals off-gas during the life of the mattress.

Will a crib mattress cover help? I believe they will not hurt. A crib mattress that has been covered will reduce or eliminate the amount chemicals the baby will be exposed to. The mattress covers with the urethane membrane will do a better job of keep the chemicals contained. The other reason to use a mattress cover is they will help protect them from allergens such as dust mites as well as bed bugs. As I mentioned, some of the mattress are also waterproof and a dry baby is a happy baby.

Many doctors and researchers now believe that SIDS is not a single condition that is always caused by the same medical problems, but infant death caused by several different factors.

If you want more information on SIDS please check out the following sites

National Institutes of Health

American SIDS Institute

Kids Health

Wishing you the best of health
Mike Krause – Since 1989

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