Parents of infants are warned to discontinue using sleep positioners

The Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning parents with babies under the age of 1 years not to use infant sleep positioners because of the risk of suffocation related to their use.

Infant sleep positioners are bolsters are wedge shaped cushions which are intended to keep a baby in a certain position while sleeping. The devices were marketed to parents to minimize a flat head, to reduce acid reflux and to reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

In calling for the ban of the products, it was noted that there have been 12 infant deaths in the past 13 years associated with the devices. Babies have died when they roll from their back to their stomach and become trapped by the device and suffocate.

The FDA and CPSC warns parents, caregivers and healthcare professionals to discontinue using sleep petitioners or any device that holds an infant in a particular position and to never place pillow, comforters or quilts in a babies’ crib. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies be placed on their backs to sleep.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured by dangerous products and the family of those who have died.

Every year, more than 77,000 children under the age of five have been injured by products that were designed for them. Infant carriers and car seats were some of the top sources of injuries followed by strollers, high chairs and changing tables.

Washington state has a Product Liability Act, WPLA RCW 7.72 which describes the rules concerning a manufacturers sale of defective or dangerous products. The Products Liability Act was enacted to protect the consumer and provide recourse if there is an injury and obtain damages in a civil suit.

If you or a loved one was injured as a result of a defective or dangerous product, contact The Farber Law Group. At The Farber Law Group, we are experienced in representing the victims of defective or dangerous products and in helping victims recover compensation for their injuries.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration CPSC and FDA Warn Against Using Infant Sleep Positioners Because of Suffocation Risk: Initial Communication
Posted: Sept. 29, 2010
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