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Infant Deaths Prompts Warning on Baby Sleep Positioners

Infant Deaths Prompts Warning on Baby Sleep Positioners

Despite claims by manufacturers that baby sleep positioners can help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), gastrointestinal distress, flat head syndrome and colic, the FDA and CPSC have received 12 reports of infants between the ages of 1 month and 4 four months who died when they suffocated in sleep positioners or became trapped and suffocated between a sleep positioner and the side of a crib or bassinet. Now, the FDA and CPSC are urging parents and caregivers to immediately discontinue use of these products, saying the risk of suffocation outweighs any benefits.

Most of the infants suffocated after rolling from a side to stomach position. In addition to the reported deaths, CPSC has received dozens of reports of infants who were placed on their backs or sides in sleep positioners, only to be found later in potentially hazardous positions within or next to the sleep positioners. The two main types of infant sleep positioners are flat mats with side bolsters or inclined (wedge) mats with side bolsters.

The CPSC has posted this warning on its website:

* STOP using sleep positioners. Using a positioner to hold an infant on his or her back or side for sleep is dangerous and unnecessary.

* NEVER put pillows, infant sleep positioners, comforters, or quilts under a baby or in a crib.

* ALWAYS place an infant on his or her back at night and during nap time. To reduce the risk of SIDS, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends placing infants to sleep on their backs and not their sides.

The lawyers are Neblett, Beard & Arsenault are currently investigating claims against manufacturers of faulty or defective childrens’ products. We have worked hard for families whose infants and children have been injured or killed as a result of defective products, and are closely following this recent warning from the FDA & CPSC. We will updated this information as it becomes available. Stay tuned.

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