Infant Deaths From Crib Bumpers on the Rise

By angela at 2020-09-09 • 0 collector • 154 pageviews


The number of infant deaths and injuries attributed to crib bumpers has increased significantly in recent years, leading to new calls for a nationwide ban on the bedding accessory.

Crib bumpers are padded cushions placed inside a crib to prevent a baby's limbs from getting stuck between the slats.

According to a new study published in The Journal of Pediatrics, from 2006 to 2012, there were 23 deaths tied to crib bumpers reported to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) -- three times higher than the average of eight deaths in each of the three previous seven-year spans.

"Crib bumpers are killing kids," senior author Dr. Bradley T. Thach, a professor emeritus of pediatrics at the Washington University School of Medicine and the author of a 2007 study published that first documented crib bumper deaths, said in a statement. "Bumpers are more dangerous than we originally thought. The infant deaths we studied could have been prevented."

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