California Parents–Beware of Using Baby Sleep Positioners
Two United States Safety Agencies and a leading Pediatrics Group has warned parents that baby sleep positioners can trap and suffocate babies. The products often have foam bolsters on the sides that help keep a baby in one position. However, the babies can wriggle or roll and become trapped and suffocate.
These products appeal to safety conscious parents concerned about SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). These products however have not been shown to reduce the incidence of SIDS. The Sleep Positions can be added to the list of dangerous products such as drop side cribs which can endanger infants. The products have been linked to at least a dozen deaths over the past 13 years. FDA officials state the products are “illegal devices” because none has ever been approved by the FDA, which must approve all products which make medical claims.
According to Kids in Danger, parents should know the safest crib is a bare one that has never been recalled, with a snug-fitting mattress with tight fitting crib sheets and nothing else. Babies should be put to sleep on their backs with footed sleepers and sleep sacks should replace loose blankets.
As an Oakland personal injury attorney, and a father of four children myself, I am particularly concerned about the safety of products designed for our kids. Unsafe products designed for our children should be taken off the market. Under California product liability law, manufacturers of unsafe products should be held strictly liable in damages for injuries caused by defective products.
Los Angeles Times, Stop Using Baby Sleep Positioners, Safety Groups Warn, September 29, 2010