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Many crib-mattress materials can cause allergies, asthma and even developmental harm. Polyvinyl chloride; polyurethane foam; formaldehyde; flame-retardants; and water-, stain- and wrinkle-resistant chemicals dissipate over time, but they can accumulate in household dust and still be inhaled.
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