Don’t allow children under age 6 to sleep in the upper bunk. Most don’t have the coordination to climb down safely or to stop themselves from falling out. There are so many things I wish someone had warned me about before I had children. The fact that my flabby pre-baby stomach would look enviable compared to the mess of stretch marks overtaking it after kids. Parents of young children should be aware of the dangers of bunk beds, and children under six should not be allowed to sleep in top bunks because of the risk of falls, doctors have said. The doctors wrote: We recommend that such advice be included in all injury prevention material to increase public awareness of the potential for significant injury when children under the age of six sleep in upper bunks.
A coroner warned against the potential dangers of bunk beds yesterday after hearing how a four-year-old died after rolling off the mattress in his sleep. Relatives were unsure what had happened to it but thought that since the bed was pushed up against a wall any child using it would be safe. For all ages, falls were the most common injury related to bunk beds along with cuts, bruises, scrapes and bone fractures. SafeSleep. has more about bunk bed safety. In one study of accidents involving bunk beds, the age group found to be most at risk was between two and six years (which represented 57 per cent of the accidents studied).
From placing and checking a bunk bed to knowing the rules of safely using one, both adults and children can prevent injuries by practicing simple bunk bed safety. It found that more than 35,000 patients under age 21 landed in emergency rooms each year between 1990 and 2005 due to a bunk bed bang-up. Between 1990 and 1999, the Consumer Product Safety Commission also received reports of nearly 60 deaths.