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Infant Sleep Positioners News

Parents and caregivers are advised to provide adequate comfort during sleep to babies. Sleep is essential for growth and development of a baby. Before birth, an infant spends a tremendous amount of time sleeping. That explains why after birth, babies sleep for long hours.

Newborns sleep for approximately 18 hours a day waking up during a diaper change and to feed. In attempting to provide babies comfort when sleeping, some parents use infant sleep positioners. Most parents are unaware of sleeping positioners’ safety and adverse side effects. In this article, we provide an in-depth look at the safety and side effects of infant sleep positioners, anti-roll pillows and nests.

Are Sleep Positioners Safe?

Sleep positioners, also known as anti-roll or nests do more harm than good. They make babies struggle to breath leading to death. Suffocation is among the leading cause of infant deaths in the United States, accounting for approximately 4,000 mortalities annually according to the National Institute of Child and Human Development (NICHD).

There are many cases reported of babies who die of suffocation when using sleep positioners. These babies struggle to breathe after rolling from their backside to the stomach.

Avoid using sleep positioners for the sake of your child’s safety. Throw away the product if you have been using and warn your friends and family who have no clue about the dangers involved.

To prevent the risk of accidental suffocation and death, avoid anything that makes your baby uncomfortable during sleep. Ensure your child sleeps on their backs on a firm space. Keep away objects like toys, loose beddings, and pillows.

A few companies in other countries banned infant sleep positioners from their market. Following advice from the US Food and Drug Administration, certain shops in the United Kingdom removed the product from their shelves last year. Giant market players such as Tesco and eBay banned the product.

FDA approved the product initially for GERD and flat head syndrome. In 2010, the agency ordered all manufacturers to provide evidence that the product’s benefits surpassed risks. The agency made this move after learning about the product’s suffocation risk.

Letting the baby sleep naturally without comforters and pillows is better than using sleep positioners. Many of infant sleep positioner manufacturers target parents who fear SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). They claim that the product is safe, but figures do not lie. Mothers and caregivers should sleep under the same roof with a baby for at least six months.

SIDS is preventable by avoiding smoking cigars. More importantly, avoid making assumptions, learn from other people’s mistakes and share this information widely.

Sleep Positioners Side Effects 

Many parents assume that because sleeping positioners keep the baby lying on their back, they reduce the risk of suffocation.  However, the exact opposite is true. Currently, knowing the safest product for a baby is nerve-racking. There are too many products on the market and little information known about their safety.

Sleep positioners are not only costly but may also be a ticket for your baby’s demise. Take this information seriously to reduce infant mortality rates. Buying the product may not be a mistake when you do not know its adverse effects. However, now that you know to avoid it, educate and inform other parents.

Apart from death, sleep positioners have other adverse effects on your baby. Other reports reveal that babies placed on their sides or backs in positioners adopt a dangerous sleeping position. There are various infant sleep positioners in the market, and their safety remains unclear. FDA disputed claims that it had cleared infant sleeping positioners that claim to help prevents SIDS. In their report, FDA further stated that there is no scientific evidence supporting such claims.

On the contrary, there is evidence showing that babies are at high risk of SIDS with their heads covered. Also, the addition of items to a baby’s cot increases the danger of head-covering. Therefore, unnecessary things in your baby’s cot increase chances of accidents occurring. Although there is little evidence of individual elements, it is prudent to be cautious.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly urges parents and caregivers to ensure infants sleep on their backs on a firm surface that passes the requirements set by the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Such products should not include pillows, anti-rolls, nests, toys and other soft objects.

The most successful ways for preventing the further selling of this product is through legal action. In case you see these effects on your baby ,please report. Share the information with others and be careful when acquiring baby products.

Do not hesitate to talk to a lawyer and file a lawsuit if your baby is suffering or suffered from these adverse side effects. For any parent you know, advise them to take immediate action. It is the only way to save lives of innocent babies. Finally, follow ABC”s safe sleep for infants; Alone on the Back in bare Crib.

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