After a spate of infant suffocation deaths, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning parents to think twice before putting infants under 4 months of age into baby slings.
The CPSC is conducting a full investigation of the once-again-trendy baby carriers. There's been no recall, but CPSC head Inez Tenenbaum said earlier this week that a warning was coming.
Now it's here. The warning comes on the heels of three infant deaths in 2009 and at least 14 deaths over the past two decades. Twelve of the infants were less than 4 months old.
Babies under 4 months of age have weak neck muscles and can't control their heads. If the sling fabric blocks the child's nose and mouth, it can suffocate the child in just one or two minutes.
Perhaps more horribly, if the sling holds the child in a curled position with its chin bent toward its chest, the child has difficulty breathing and suffocates slowly
Answer by flower_momma at 10:16 PM on Mar. 12, 2010
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Answer by SaraP1989 at 8:06 PM on Mar. 12, 2010
How horrible! I guess it's good to get the word out, but jeez, sweet, what a downer!
I know sorry. I dont believe in a ban on slings but wanted to pass on the word since I read it. I never used a sling but if I had a newborn and read this I wouldnt use it until they were older
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:06 PM on Mar. 12, 2010
Here's the CSPC's advice:
If you've had an incident or injury while using a baby sling, the CSPC wants to hear from you at 800-638-2772.
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:07 PM on Mar. 12, 2010
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Answer by MPatterson0607 at 8:10 PM on Mar. 12, 2010
Sad news. My first child lived in her snugly- and it allowed me 2 free hands- Multi-tasking at it's finest, and certainly not lazy-
Answer by Sisteract at 8:11 PM on Mar. 12, 2010