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Ban Crib Bumpers Because of Rising Deaths, Researchers Say

Research finds that from 2006 to 2012 infant deaths linked to crib bumpers have tripled in the United States compared with similar time periods over the last twenty five years.

“The risk for suffocation is real. The benefits are not,” said Dr. Bradley Thach, a professor emeritus of pediatrics with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

“The data shows they’re dangerous, Thach said. A baby’s face can get wedged against the bumper, or between the bumper and mattress, blocking the baby’s nose and mouth, he pointed out.”

“The baby’s breathing can get completely blocked, or the baby ends up repeatedly breathing the same air in and out,” he said. “This continuous ‘re-breathing’ means that with every breath the air is increasingly depleted of oxygen, until eventually the baby suffocates.” Read more.

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