Sleep Positioners Linked To 13 Infant Deaths

Sleep positioners have been marketed as a way to keep babies safe while snoozing but a new report shows that these children's products may be potentially hazardous.

According to the report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there have been 13 infant deaths involving the products since 1997, writes WebMD. The infants were lying in sleep positioners or sleep wedges. All the deaths were of infants below three months of age, who were placed to sleep on their sides in the sleep positioners but were found lying dead on their stomachs, says the study.

The CDC report states most of the deaths occurred because the infants rolled onto their stomachs from their sides and suffocated.

Parents should also be aware that no sleep positioners have ever been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for reducing the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). The FDA and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning in 2010 against the use of sleep positioners, reports WebMD.

The FDA’s safety tips for parents regarding these products are:

• Never use a sleep positioner for a sleeping baby

• Never put pillows, wedges, comforters, or quilts under an infant in a crib or bassinet

• Always put an infant to sleep on his or her back to reduce the risk of SIDS

According to the FDA officials, infant sleep positioners should only be used by prescription to treat specific medical conditions, such as gastroesophageal reflux.

If your child was harmed by an unsafe product, contact Sokolove Law today for a free legal consultation and to find out if a product liability lawyer may be able to help you.

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