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Number of Deaths Related to Crib Bumpers Continues to Grow

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Nick Slovikoski2 years ago

The number of infant deaths attributed to crib bumpers is growing according to new analysis.There has been a recent surge in publicity and awareness surrounding this issue as numbers climb even further.

What are Crib Bumpers?

Crib bumpers are essentially pillows on the walls of cribs that are supposed to protect babies from injuring themselves. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says there is “no proof that these bumpers work, but they do pose a risk of suffocation, strangulation or entrapment.”

Further, research conducted by Dr. Bradley Thach and colleagues suggests these accessories can put infants at an increased risk of suffocation and death.

Given these findings, federal regulators have begun pushing for a national ban of the products.

About the Recent Crib Bumper Analysis

  • Dr. Bradley Thach and his colleagues at Washington University in St. Louis looked into U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports on deaths reportedly associated with crib bumpers.
  • They found a total of 48 deaths by suffocation related to crib bumpers between 1985 and 2012.
  • According to their research, about 67 percent of the deaths were caused by the bumpers.
  • When the researchers included crib-bumper data from the National Center for the Review and Prevention of Child Deaths covering 2008-2011, they counted a total of 77 deaths, instead of their original 48.
  • Thach and colleagues warn that “self-regulation and following safe sleeping practices won't stop children from suffocating if their faces get covered by crib bumpers.”


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