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Is a Memory Foam Mattress Right for My Child?

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Although a popular style, memory foam may not be best for small children.

The importance of a good night’s sleep can never be emphasized enough and the most important factor involved is a good mattress, with memory foam becoming a very popular choice. When it comes to kids’ beds, a memory foam topper or a memory foam mattress might be something that you consider, but is it really a good idea? There are many different things that you need to think about, and if you are a parent who is selecting a modern mattress for your child, there are a few things that you need to know.

Potentially Dangerous

The age of your child should be considered when it comes to memory foam mattresses. For example, a child of 5 and upwards should be safe. If a child is younger, you may need to worry about them not being able to flip over. For instance, a very young child might flip his face into the mattress and the softness of the mattress will make them unable to flip over on their side or their back again. Similarly, this situation is one where a child might end up breathing in their own carbon dioxide, which is known to be a contributing factor to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Unsafe Chemicals

Polyurethane foam is the most common mattress filling, and this is made from petroleum with chemical additives. Foam breaks down over time into small particles, which can become airborne. According to manufacturer material safety data sheets, potential health effects can include cardiac arrhythmias, breathlessness, chest discomfort, irritation of mucous membranes, headache, coughing, asthma-like allergic reaction, dizziness, weakness, fatigue, nausea, blurred vision, and reduced pulmonary function. Memory foam mattresses contain even more potentially harmful chemicals, to make the foam malleable. Think carefully before buying expensive foam mattresses for your kid’s beds. Many kids are sensitive to these chemicals and can end up getting very sick. If that happens, you’re stuck with expensive mattresses that you can’t return.

Get Your New Mattress at All American Mattress

At All American Mattress, we have the expertise and great prices to help you choose the perfect pillows and foam mattress for your bedroom. We have mattresses and bed frames available made from a variety of materials to suit your needs, whatever they are. Stop by our showroom, visit us online, or give us a call at (410) 451-9006 to see how we can get your toddler sleeping through the night. We offer brand names at affordable prices and we will always work hard to keep your whole family comfortable. For more mattress shopping tips, be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Google+.

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