Health Tip: Set Rules About Bunk Beds06/18/14
(HealthDay News) -- Bunk beds may be fun for children, but they
can pose hazards, especially for children who aren't old enough to
use them safely.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers this advice about bunk
- A child under age 6 should not be allowed to climb into or
sleep in the top bunk.
- Position bunk beds into a corner, with walls supporting two
sides. This will reduce the risk of areas where a child could fall
and offer more stability.
- Mattresses should fit very snugly inside the frames.
- The top bunk should have an attached ladder, a night light and
a guard rail that won't allow a child to slip underneath.
- Top bunk mattress should be secured by slats or wires and
securely fastened at each end.
- Never allow children to jump or play roughly on bunk beds.
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