Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Deaths prompt CPSC, FDA warning on infant sleep positioners

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today warned consumers to stop using infant sleep positioners due to suffocation risk.

The two main types of infant sleep positioners are flat mats with side bolsters or inclined wedge mats with side bolsters, both types claim to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by helping to keep sleeping infants on their backs.

Most sleep positioners claim to aid in food digestion to ease colic or the symptoms of reflux and to prevent flat head syndrome. In light of the new safety data, FDA believes any benefit from using these devices is greatly outweighed by the risk of suffocation.

Parents are encouraged to stop using the sleep positioners immediately and simply put their children "back to sleep."

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