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I believe toxigenic bacteria in mattresses can be related to SIDS, and this can be a risk with a second hand cot mattress. Can the same be said for a standard second hand mattress protector or can a machine wash be enough to remove the bacteria? I have been given one that looks to be in perfect condition and only 5 years old (held in storage). However I am wondering if it is safest to just purchase new. Thanks in advance.

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Posted a response on 18/7/22

Red Nose Education

Red Nose recommends that a second hand mattress can be used as long as you are happy that it remains firm & well-fitting & is clean (& you are ok with how/where it has been stored.)

I see no reason why this cannot be the same for mattress protector. Would recommend washing in hot water.
Ensure the mattress protector is a tight fit & does not create a soft surface on the mattress.
Always make sure any waterproof mattress protector is strong and a tight fit.
Never put soft bedding (including lambswool) under or on top of the bottom sheet as this makes the sleeping surface too soft.

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