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Antimony leaching from cot [crib] mattresses and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

Authors: Jenkins R.O. 1; Craig P.J. 1; Goessler W. 2; Irgolic K.J. 2
Affiliations: 1: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Leicester LE1 9BH, UK 2: Institute for Analytical chemistry, Karl Franzens Universität Graz, Universitätsplatz 1, 8010 Graz, Austria


Source: Human & Experimental Toxicology, 1998, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 138-139(0)


reported detectable levels of antimony in liver from both SIDS and other infants.

 Body fluids (urine, saliva) and proprietary domestic detergents/sterilizing fluids markedly enhanced leaching of antimony

 Release of antimony was also enhanced at both low and high pH and by elevated temperature.