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Crib Bumpers Are the Most Dangerous Items to Keep in Cribs with Babies, Study Reveals

Study Reveals Dangers of Crib Bumpers

Crib bumpers are common features in babies’ cribs, as they are often sold as part of crib bedding sets. These items, however, may be the single deadliest item in babies’ cribs, according to a study published in this month’s edition of the Journal of Pediatrics. And that’s because these researchers have discovered that, since 1985, crib bumpers have killed at least 77 infants in the U.S.

This had led to a renewed call for federal safety regulators in the U.S. to ban crib bumpers.

Researchers Reveal the Dangers of Crib Bumpers

In studying the dangers of crib bumpers versus other items in cribs, researchers analyzed various data and reports that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has collected over the past few decades. This analysis led them to conclude that:

Based on these findings, researchers concluded in their study that:

Other than removing traditional bumpers from cribs, it is unlikely that voluntary standard requirements or safe sleep practices (e.g., back sleeping) can address the risk of suffocation when infants’ faces become covered by bumpers and who may suffocate or nearly suffocate from occlusion or rebreathing. To prevent these deaths and ALTEs, we recommend that CPSC ban traditional crib bumpers for sale in the US quickly. Preventing bumper deaths and injuries will only be possible if traditional bumpers are removed from the marketplace at the national level.

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