Reports: Maryland May Become First State to Ban Crib Bumper Sales
State officials: Sale of bumper pads could be outlawed by next June.
Crib bumper pads may soon become a thing of past if health officials in Maryland get their way.
Several months after the American Academy of Pediatrics called for parents to discontinue use of crib bumpers because of the risk of death for babies, Maryland is poised to become the first state to ban their sale.
“The safety and health of infants in Maryland is our first priority,” said Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, head of the state's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. “After an extensive, year-long review of the evidence and thoughtful consideration of public comment, we agree with our expert health advisors that baby bumper pads pose unreasonable risks to infants.”
The Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has thrown its support behind the measure which, if adopted, could start as early as next June.
Retailers would have nine months to get on board with the plan.
Use of bumper pads would not be regulated, just the sale of them.
The department began looking into the safety of bumper pads last April and spoke to health experts, held two public meetings and reviewed public comment before creating the proposal.
If you have something to say about the possible ban, public comment will be accepted through Aug. 13. Comments may be submitted by mail, email or fax. Contact email@example.com for more information.
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