The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission demonstrate why baby pillows and sleep positioners are dangerous and should be removed from your baby’s sleeping environment. “We urge parents and caregivers to take our warning seriously and stop using these sleep positioners,” Inez Tenenbaum, the chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, said in a statement.
Sleep positioners have been linked to at least 13 deaths in the last 15 years in the United States.
A baby’s safe sleeping environment contains;
- No blankets
- No toys
- No bolsters
- No pillows
- A firm mattress
“The safest crib is a bare crib,” Dr. Susan Cummins, a pediatric expect with the F.D.A., said in a statement. “Always put your baby on his or her back to sleep. An easy way to remember this is to follow the ABC’s of safe sleep – Alone on the Back in a bare Crib.”
“To date, there is no scientifically sound evidence that infant sleep positioners prevent SIDS,” said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, FDA Principal Deputy Commissioner and a pediatrician. “We want to make sure parents, health care professionals, and childcare providers understand the potential risk of suffocation and stop using infant sleep positioners.”
Parents, please share this video with your friends and loved ones to increase awareness of the dangers of baby pillows and sleep positioners.
Maree has over five years of experience in Occupational Health and Safety and in the development of safety standards, training workshops and improvement initiatives. She is passionate about health, safety and education. Maree, a mother of two children, has a Advanced Diploma in OHS and will be graduating soon with a B.Sc. (HSE) from Australia.