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New study: No padded bumper for infant cribs

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics says bumper pads should never be used in an infant's crib.

The pads are designed to wrap around the inside of a crib to prevent head injuries and limb entrapment in crib slats.

New AAP guidelines state there is no evidence they prevent such injuries.

According to the AAP, crib bumpers carry a potential risk of suffocation, strangulation or entrapment since infants lack motor skills to turn their heads if they roll onto something that obstructs their breathing.

The group also recommends babies always sleep on a firm surface, not in car seats and without pillows.

For more information, visit www.AAP.org.

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