Updated: Baby sleep devices dangerous?

Devices that keep babies in position while they’re asleep branded unsafe by two organisations in the US

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1/10/10 – Update from the BPA

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The Baby Products Association has issued a statement in response to the US warnings about baby sleep devices. It says that no such incidents have been reported in the UK or Europe and the products will not put babies in imminent danger if used correctly.

“As the BPA is not currently in possession of the full facts surrounding these incidents referred to by the CPSC, no formal comment can be made at present; however, the BPA recommends it is best for a healthy baby to sleep on its back as recommended in the Government’s safe sleep guidelines,” the statement reads.

“Sleep positioners are designed to prevent babies from rolling over when positioned on their back and babies should not be placed in a sleep positioner on their side or stomach. As with all products designed for babies, the BPA recommends that parents and carers follow the manufacturers’ instructions at all times and usage should be stopped once the baby can roll over unaided.”

Story continues as reported:

Sleep devices designed to keep babies in a safe sleeping position have been branded dangerous and unnecessary by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) and  the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in the US. The devices claim to prevent “flat head syndrome” and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) but the FDA suggests they do more harm than good.

The announcement comes after the deaths of two babies were linked to the sleep positioners, plus several reports of babies being found in hazardous positions within them.

The FDA has recommended parents stop using infant positioning products, never put sleep positioners under a baby or in the cot and always place a baby on his back at nap time.

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Since the report, Mothercare in the UK has removed three devices – Head ‘n’ back, Resting Up and Snugglenest – as a precaution. We’ve contacted the Baby Products Association (BPA) and will up date you on the UK situation as soon as we can.

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