Study Shows Crib Mattresses Emit High Levels Of Chemicals

SHENANDOAH VALLEY, Va.-- Sidney Shelton has a three month old daughter. She's always concerned for her safety.

"This is my first born, so if anything happens to her, I don't know what I would do," Shelton says.

Well now she's even more concerned for her daughter after we told her about a study involving cribs.

The study conducted by the University of Texas found infants are exposed to high levels of chemicals from the mattresses in their cribs.

Researchers sampled 20 mattresses from 10 manufacturers and found that new mattresses release four times as many Volatile Organic Compounds than older mattresses.

VOC's are the same potentially harmful chemicals found in many household cleaning products.

"I didn't even know that mattresses or cribs contain that," says Shelton.

Doctor Robert Fern with Valley Pediatric Group doesn't think people should be alarmed by these findings until more studies are done.

"I'm expecting that there will be more studies in the future. I will keep telling the families that how the baby sleeps matters and if you smell something funny on the mattress that you're using, then you probably shouldn't sleep on that until it's aired out," Fern says.

So far, not much is known about the health effects of these chemicals, but Sidney says this study will make her think twice.

"It makes me not want to put my daughter in a crib,” she says.

You can find the study from the University of Texas at is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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