Baby sleep positioners dropped by shops after deaths warning

Baby sleep positioners dropped by shops after deaths warning
From BBC - October 6, 2017

Some UK retailers have stopped selling baby sleep positioners amid concerns over their safety.

A US health regulator said they "can cause suffocation that can lead to death" and have been linked to 12 infant deaths in the US.

The positioners, aimed at infants under six months, are intended to keep a baby in a specific position while sleeping.

Mothercare, John Lewis and Tesco have stopped selling them, but they are still available from other retailers.

Ebay has also reportedly removed the products from its website after the US authority's recommendation.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US released a statement explaining the items - often called "nests" or "anti-roll" products - have caused some babies to suffocate after rolling from their sides to their stomachs.

It said the two most common types of sleep positioners feature raised supports or pillows (called "bolsters") that are attached to each side of a mat, or a wedge to raise a baby's head.

The FDA first issued a safety warning seven years ago, saying "in light of the suffocation risk and the lack of evidence of any benefits, we are warning consumers to stop using these products".

Mothercare had been selling a sleep positioner for 39.99 but has told the BBC it is no longer for sale.


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