Sleep Positioners and SIDS: New Warning
If you have an infant sleep positioner, now is the time to stop using it. Today, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning against sleep positioners. These sleep aids pose a big danger to babies: Over the past 13 years, 12 babies between ages 1 and 4 months were suffocated by a sleep positioner. And these are only the reported instances.
Although most sleep positioners claim to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by keeping a baby on his back, the FDA has never cleared any sleep positioner for this use. Some sleep positioners may also claim to help with digestion or ease colic or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)–or prevent flat head syndrome. However, in today’s statement, the FDA said that any benefit from a sleep positioner is insignificant compared to the risk of suffocation. There are two main types of sleep positioners: those with flat mats and side bolsters and those with inclined mats and side bolsters.
Remember: Never place anything in the crib with your baby. In addition to sleep positioners, this means no pillows, comforters, or quilts. These items increase the risk of SIDS. To further reduce the risk of SIDS, place your baby to sleep on his back–not his side or his tummy.