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Agencies warn to never leave baby alone in bath

Noting that 32 infants placed in bathtub seats have drowned since 1983, federal agencies are reminding parents to never leave babies alone in the bath under any circumstances.

In a study to be published this week in the journal Pediatrics, researchers report that of 32 infants who drowned while in the bathtub seat, 29 were left alone or attended only by other children.Renae Rauchschwalbe of the Consumer Product Safety Commission said the bathtub seats, used by millions of parents, are not designed to substitute for the presence of an adult, noting that older babies can climb out of them.

Labels on the devices warn that the seats are not to be used while the child is unattended.