Crib bumpers have killed about three times more infants in the U.S. than was previously thought, according to the findings of a new study published in The Journal of Pediatrics.1 In fact, these researchers have found that, since 1985, at least 77 infants have been suffocated by crib bumpers.
And now they are urging regulators at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to take action to ban crib bumpers in the U.S.
Background on the Study
In evaluating the rate of crib bumper-related deaths over the past three decades, researchers analyzed reports stored in CSPC databases. While the found that 77 – not 27 – infants have been killed by crib bumpers of the past 30 years or so, they also reported finding that:
- Crib bumpers are the deadliest items in babies’ cribs – In fact, it was discovered that crib bumpers have caused more infant suffocations than baby blankets, stuffed animals and other items commonly kept in cribs. Additionally, researchers found that, when other items in babies’ cribs contributed to a suffocation, the baby could have survived in many cases if a crib bumper had also not been present in the crib. This led researchers to underscore the recommendation that has been made by the American Pediatric Association – nothing but the baby in the crib.
- There has been an exponential growth in the number of crib bumper deaths filed with the CPSC since 2006 – This may be due to the fact that more babies are being suffocated by crib bumpers; however, researchers have noted that it could also be related to enhanced consumer awareness about reporting options.
These findings resulted in researchers recommending that, “CPSC ban traditional crib bumpers for sale in the US quickly. Preventing bumper deaths and injuries will only be possible if traditional bumpers are removed from the marketplace at the national level.”
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1: Published in the November 2015 editions, available here