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Soft Bedding May Contribute To Baby Deaths

The use of soft bedding materials such as pillows, comforters, sheepskins and other items may contribute to the deaths of up to 1,800 infants annually, a government safety agency reported today.

A study by the Consumer Product Safety Commission found that up to 30 percent of the 6,000 babies who die yearly from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) may have suffocated from sleeping on top of soft bedding materials.

The commission said the findings of its 2-year study underscore advice that the medical community has offered parents and others for several years: Never put a snoozing baby to rest on top of fluffy bedclothes.

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