'Sleep Positioners' a Hazard to Child: FDA

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By Mary Elizabeth Dallas

HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Oct. four, 2017 (HealthDay Information) — Infants needs to be put to sleep on their backs on a agency, empty floor and by no means positioned on a sleep positioner, the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) says.

The company warned mother and father and caregivers that these merchandise, also referred to as “nests” or “anti-roll” helps, can forestall infants from respiratory.

The 2 commonest sleep positioners embody two raised pillows or “bolsters” connected to a mat. Infants youthful than 6 months previous are positioned on the mat between the pillows to maintain them in a particular place whereas they’re sleeping.

However placing infants to sleep on or close to mushy objects, resembling positioners, toys, pillows and unfastened bedding, will increase the chance for unintentional suffocation and Sudden Toddler Demise Syndrome (SIDS), the American Academy of Pediatrics says.

Some infants have been present in harmful positions subsequent to a positioner they’d been positioned in for sleeping. Federal officers additionally reported that infants have died after being positioned in one in all these merchandise. Normally, the infants received out of place, rolled onto their stomachs and suffocated, the FDA defined.

The company urged mother and father and caregivers to all the time put infants on their again for naps and once they fall asleep at night time.

Infants ought to by no means sleep with a positioner, pillow, blanket, sheets, a comforter or a quilt, the FDA suggested.

Infants’ sleeping surfaces needs to be naked and freed from any unfastened gadgets. Acceptable clothes retains infants heat sufficient whereas they’re sleeping.

The FDA regulates child merchandise that declare to treatment, deal with, forestall or cut back a illness or situation. Some sleep positioner corporations declare that their merchandise forestall SIDS. However the FDA famous it has by no means cleared an toddler sleep positioner that guarantees to forestall or cut back the chance of SIDS since there isn’t a scientific proof to again up this declare.

Some corporations market their merchandise as useful for alleviating gastroesophageal reflux illness (GERD), a situation that causes abdomen acids to again up into the esophagus. Others recommend their positioners assist forestall flat head syndrome (plagiocephaly), a deformation brought on by stress on one a part of the cranium.


However whereas some merchandise have been beforehand permitted for GERD and flat head syndrome, the FDA requested these corporations to cease advertising and marketing this stuff for the reason that dangers related to their use outweighed any potential advantages.

Yearly about four,000 infants die unexpectedly whereas sleeping attributable to suffocation, SIDS or one other unknown trigger, in response to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Nationwide Institute of Little one Well being and Human Growth.

The FDA urged mother and father and caregivers to speak to their kid’s physician if they’ve questions on placing infants to sleep safely.

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