CPSC warns parents about baby sling carriers after reports of deaths

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued an advisory to parents and caregivers of young and fragile infants about the correct use of infant slings for babies under four months of the age. The warning comes after reports indicating that there may have been at least 14 deaths in the past twenty years due to the incorrect positioning of babies in the sling, including three deaths in 2009.

Parents who use the slings should consult the CPSC web-site to view directions about the correct positioning of babies in the sling. If babies are positioned incorrectly, their breathing can be obstructed.

According the CPSC’s warning many of the babies who died were low birth weight, born prematurely or had breathing difficulties due to colds.

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