Many of us are aware of the risks plastic bags such as shopping bags, bin bags or packing materials from parcels can pose to young children, especially babies who have a tendency to grasp at anything and put it to their face.
Sold to dispose of soiled nappies, nappy sacks are a common sight in many nurseries and changing bags. Often fragranced, and in a range of bright colours, they are especially attractive to young children.
Unfortunately, they can also be deadly, with at least 17 children having suffocated after a nappy sack covered their mouth and nose, or having choked after putting a nappy sack in their mouth.
Again, the best advice is to simply stop using nappy sacks – not only can they be dangerous, they’re also terrible for the environment. If you do choose to carry on using them, make sure that:
Always keep nappy sacks, other plastic bags and wrapping away from babies and young children.
Place nappy sacks in a baby’s cot, pram or buggy.