Dr.Sabrina Kitakka, a senior pediatrician at Mulago hospital commends the UNBS for the step to standardize children mattresses. She says that as a paediatrician she has encountered a number of children having complications developed from the bad mattresses used.
The Uganda National Bureau of
Standards -UNBS has developed standards for baby cot mattresses that specify the requirements that the manufacturers, importers and dealers in baby cot
mattresses have to follow.
This comes as the UNBS develops new
foam mattress standards (US 202,2021) that specifies the requirements, sampling and test methods
for foam mattresses suitable for domestic and hotel use to replace the US 202,
2015 mattress standards.
Among the requirements for the baby
cot mattress to be followed by the manufacturers, importers, dealers and
retailers, is ensuring that the minimum length of the baby mattress start at four feet (4ft) which is 1219 mm, width of 610
mm and 76 mm thickness.
According to UNBS the available baby
cot mattresses on the market were not controlled under the old standards and
this left dealers in the sector with no option but to buy without following any
Levis Kanene, a standards officer at
UNBS, says that the standards seek to address issues including dimensions of
baby cot mattresses, setting minimum thickness, adjustment for the cover
materials, and regulation on the Chemicals use and also providing for the new
innovations on the market like the top skins mattress among others.
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Some mattresses = do not even have
any labels for the user to know the type of fabric, fabric combination, leaving
the public exposed to challenges like backache, neck postures that come with
using a substandard mattress.
Dr.Sabrina Kitakka, a senior
paediatrician at Mulago hospital commends the UNBS for the step to standardize
children mattresses. She says that as a paediatrician she has encountered a number of children having complications developed from the bad mattresses
Dr.Kitakka recommends that Ugandans
embrace the standards as a way of helping their children to have a
comfortable sleep which she says is very important for the growing and brains
of a child.
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According to Kanene the old mattress
standards only considered the adult mattresses but now the standards are lowered
to cater for the children with measures starting from four feet (4ft ) rather
than the six feet (6ft ).
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The US 202, 2021 new mattress
standards require that all mattresses are required to meet the flammability
requirements to reduce the risk of fire.