FDA to mother and father: Say no to sleep positioners

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Don’t use toddler sleep positioners. They’re harmful and might trigger infants to suffocate.

That’s the message from the Meals and Drug Administration (FDA), which this month reiterated a warning to mother and father that sleep positioners have been tied to deaths of infants.

Generally referred to as “nests” or “anti-roll” merchandise, sleep positioners usually encompass raised foam helps or “bolsters” hooked up to both facet of a mat, or a wedge that lifts a child’s head. They’re supposed to hold infants in a selected place whereas they sleep. Some producers even declare the positioners assist scale back the danger of Sudden Toddler Loss of life Syndrome (SIDS), however the FDA mentioned the alternative is true.


The FDA mentioned it’s acquired experiences of infants dying after falling asleep on sleep positioners, often after rolling from their sides to their stomachs. In 2010, the FDA reported 12 infants had died after suffocating whereas utilizing a sleep positioner. Nearly four,000 newborns die from SIDS every year, together with from unintended suffocation.

As a substitute of utilizing sleep positioners, observe the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation on decreasing the danger of SIDS:

• Put your child to sleep on his again

• Put your child on a agency sleeping floor, by no means on a sofa or different plush atmosphere

• Hold your child’s sleeping space freed from pillows, blankets, free sheets, comforters, toys and different smooth objects. The world must be naked.

• Sleep in the identical room – however not in the identical mattress – as your child.

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