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Study calls for ban on infant crib bumpers.

The number of infant deaths and injuries caused by crib bumpers has risen significantly in recent years, found a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics in November.

A crib bumper is a padded piece of fabric that ties around the slats of a crib and is designed to keep a baby from hitting her or his head on the crib. The new study found three times more bumper-related deaths in the last seven years than in the three previous seven-year time periods. Specifically, bumpers caused 48 suffocations, 67 percent of which were caused by the bumper alone and not by additional clutter in the crib, such as blankets or pillows. Thirty-three percent of such deaths were due to an infant wedging in between a bumper and another object in the crib. The study is based on data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The commission data revealed that 48 infant deaths between 1985 and 2012 were specifically attributable to crib bumpers, and that 32 of such deaths could have been prevented if a crib bumper had not been used.

However, researchers found 32 additional bumper-related deaths between 2008 and 2011 when reviewing data from the National Center for the Review and Prevention of Child Deaths.

The researchers also noted that due to a dearth of data on crib bumper related deaths, the actual number of deaths and injuries may be much higher.

The study called for banning the sale of infant crib bumpers in the U.S.

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Title Annotation:HEALTH FINDINGS: The latest public health studies and research
Author:Krisberg, Kim
Publication:The Nation's Health
Date:Feb 1, 2016
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