April 24, 1967

Venetian Blind Cords A Hazard to Small Children

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El Paso, Tex

JAMA. 1967;200(4):349. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120170121040

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To the Editor:—  Few events are of as painful an impact as when a mother, having left a small healthy child by itself, finds it dead upon her return, often after only a very short absence. Most of these incidents belong in the nebulous territory of crib deaths; however, a few can be analyzed and prevented.In the last few years, I have observed two cases which represent definitely preventable accidents. In each case, the child involved was between 1 and 1 1/2 years old, able to stand up and move around but obviously well taken care of in a crib. In both cases, the crib was placed directly against a window which was provided with a venetian blind. The loop of the blind was hanging into the crib and offered the child a distinct temptation to pull and play. Both children were left by their mothers in excellent condition