The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning today about using slings with babies under four months old. The Commission wants parents to know the right way to position a baby in the sling.
This press release has a drawings of unsafe and then also safe positions for sling users.
This is from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s blog:
“The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning parents and caregivers to use extra caution when carrying infants younger than 4 months old in slings and make sure that an infant’s face is visible to baby wearers at all times.”
“When researching incident reports of sling use for the past 20 years, CPSC identified at least 14 babies who died since 1998 inside sling-style infant carriers. Three of those deaths were in 2009.”
“In the first few months of life, babies cannot control their heads because of weak neck muscles. When they are placed with their faces below the rim of a sling, they are not able to lift their heads to breathe. This can lead to two hazardous situations.”
“First, one particular risk occurs when the baby’s head is turned toward the adult. An infant’s nose and mouth can be pressed against the carrier and become blocked, preventing the baby from breathing. Suffocation can happen quickly, within a minute or two.”
“Second, when a baby lies in a sling, the fabric can push the baby’s head forward to its chest. Infants can’t lift their heads and free themselves to breathe. This curled, chin-to-chest position can partially restrict a baby’s airways, causing a baby to lose consciousness. The baby cannot cry out for help.”
So please moms read the info and make sure your baby is positioned correctly to avoid suffocation. Also share this blog with your mom friends so they’ll know too!
Also new from The Consumer Product Safety Commission: more jewelry with deadly Cadmium in it.
If you bought Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer jewelry you need to compare it with these photos on the CPSC’s site. It should be thrown away immediately if it matches.