Crib bumpers blamed for infant death rate increase
Researchers who conducted a study at the Washington University School of Medicine, which found that crib bumpers play a role in the rise in infant deaths, have advised parents to stop using these dangerous products. The study reveals that twenty-three deaths were linked to the use of these soft cushions between 2006 and 2012. Information from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows that this death rate is significantly higher than those of previous years. Of the forty-eight recorded infant deaths between 1985 and 2012, it was found that thirty-two may have been avoided had these crib bumpers not been used.
Author of the study and professor emeritus of pediatrics at the School of Medicine Dr. Bradley Thach announced that “Crib bumpers are killing kids,” in a news release after the publication of his research. These dangerous products pose a risk of suffocation and entanglement, among other dangers.
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