Deaths prompt CPSC, FDA warning on infant sleep positioners
Update: FDA Warns Against Risk of Suffocation, Death with Sleep Positioners
October 3, 2017 - The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is warning parents and caregivers not to leave babies in sleep positioners unattended due to a risk of suffocation, which could lead to death. FDA said in a Safety Alert issued Tuesday that it has received reports of babies who died from suffocation after being left unattended in sleep positioners. In most cases, the children suffocated after rolling from their sides to their stomachs.
September 29, 2010 - Today, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers to stop using infant sleep positioners.
Since 1997, the organizations have received at least a dozen reports of infants who have been killed when they suffocated or became trapped in a sleep positioner. 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. CPSC and the FDA are warning parents and child care providers to:
- 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.
Nap Nanny Baby Bed Lawsuit Update 12/10/12: Last week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) filed a lawsuit against the makers of Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill baby recliners in response to the deaths of at least five infants that may have been caused by the dangerous design of the beds. The CPSC’s lawsuit marks only the fourth administrative complaint filed by the agency in the last 11 years, a statistic that highlights the seriousness of the situation with Nap Nanny Baby Recliners.
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