A spate of recent child deaths in the US has drawn public interest to baby sleep positioners.
The “anti-roll” products, designed for infants under six months, are intended to keep a baby in a specific position while sleeping.
But there have been 12 infant deaths in the US linked to the items, causing many shops to drop the product from sale, including some UK retailers – Mothercare, Tesco, John Lewis and eBay are among the companies that have stopped selling them as a “precautionary measure”. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US released a statement explaining the products have caused some babies to suffocate after rolling from their sides to their stomachs.
The Lullaby Trust, a charity which raises awareness on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), states that equipment or rolled up blankets to keep a baby in one position is unnecessary, unless advised to do so by a health professional. RoSPA recommends that parents keep babies’ cots free from clutter like soft toys, pillows or duvets, loose bedding or cot bumpers, as these can mould around a baby’s face and potentially cause suffocation.
The product did initially come with a warning to customers not to use it once their child is able to manoeuvre on its own, but experts are advising consumers against their use altogether.
Sheila Merrill, public health adviser
Posted: 10/6/2017 3:46:44 PM