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Md. Ban on Baby Crib Bumpers to Take Effect

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WBOC/AP)- The nation's first statewide ban on the sale of crib bumper pads is taking effect in Maryland.

The ban begins Friday.

Health officials said crib bumper pads offer no meaningful benefit and pose potentially serious risks to infants, including suffocation and death.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene notes that the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health all advise against their use.

The department will issue a warning to someone who ships or sells crib bumper pads to a purchaser in Maryland. Further violations can bring a fine of up to $500 for each crib bumper shipped or sold.

The ban does not apply to vertical bumpers that wrap tightly around each crib rail or mesh crib liners, but the health department does not endorse any product for use as bumpers in infant cribs.

Additional information about safe sleep and the crib bumper ban, as well as the fact sheet containing the new safe sleep data, can be found at: www.dhmh.maryland.gov/safesleep.

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