WARNING: Sleep Positioners Pose Suffocation Risk

Back To Sleep means back to sleep.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that products marketed as sleep positioners for infants, intended to prevent SIDS, have caused 13 suffocation deaths in young infants since 1997. Unintentional suffocation is the leading cause of injury death for U.S. children younger than 1-year-old, according to the CDC. The devices aim to keep a baby in a specific position while sleeping.

All 13 reported deaths tied to the devices occurred in children younger than 4-months-old, nine of whom were placed on their sides to sleep. Many of the children were found lying on their stomachs. Four of the victims had been born prematurely, and three of them were one of a pair of twins. Four of the infants had recent histories of respiratory illnesses.

“Although [infant sleep positioners] have been available since the 1980s, only a few manufacturers have been cleared by the FDA to provide products, by prescription, to manage particular medical conditions,” such as gastroesophageal reflex (GERD), CDC researchers wrote. “Despite other manufacturers’ claims regarding SIDS prevention or other health benefits, FDA has never cleared or approved a positioning device for preventing or reducing the risk for SIDS.”

In December 2010, the FDA and the CPSC warned against using infant sleep positioners, which at the time were tied to 12 deaths.

The American Academy of Pediatrics also backed those recommendations, saying “The AAP believes sleep positioners represent a risk to sleeping babies.”

Email This Post Email This Post

Ellen and Rachel are two old friends and “expert” mamas—one a pediatrician and one a family therapist—with fifty years of parenting experience between them.


Warning: Illegal string offset 'echo' in /home/mamasonc/public_html/mama/wp-content/themes/hybrid/library/extensions/custom-field-series.php on line 157

Leave a Reply

Loading

MAMAS ON DEMAND

PARENT COACHING
& CONSULTATION

With One or Both of Us


Go to AskDrMama.com & AskMamaEllen.com for the scoop!

Phone • Internet • Your Home or Group

Watch This!

Learning about mental illness and how to talk about it is key to good parenting and healthy living. Take a look. It's oh, so common!

What You Said

  • ΠΡΟΓΝΩΣΤΙΚΑ ΟΠΑΠ: It’s remarkable designed for me to have a web page, which is beneficial for my experience....
  • sportsbooktop: Please let me know if you’re looking for a writer for your site. You have some really good posts...
  • Kristen: Cassandra, I get these little white bubble type blisters on my hand that sometimes dont itch and sometimes...
  • discount nfl clothing: discount nfl clothing cheap nfl jerseys free shipping paypal
  • Desley Joyce Brooker: I have a rash, that began over 5 weeks ago on my chest and within days it covered by entire...
  • hotcelebritywallpaper.com: This article is really a good one it assists new internet people, who are wishing for...
  • Paket wisata villa: Hello akan Anda pikiran berbagi Platform yang blog Anda menggunakan? Saya akan untuk memulai blog...
  • download ppt: Excellent beat ! I would like to apprentice at the same time as you amend your site, how can i...
  • ΑΠΕΝΤΟΜΩΣΕΙΣ ΧΑΝΙΑ: With havin so much written content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright...
  • kupon rabatowy apart: I am actually thankful to the owner of this site who has shared this impressive article at at...

Just so you know

The Mama ButtonThe information provided by MamasOnCall is not intended as a substitute for professional advice, but is for information purposes only. You assume full responsibility for the health and well-being of your family. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical or psychiatric condition.