You’ve carried your baby around for nine months, you couldn’t wait to meet him or her, and now you find out that the one product that reminds your child of it’s earlier environment is actually deadly.
20 infants have suffocated over time as a result of the child’s positioning inside the baby sling. Asphyxiation and bending of the neck is hazardous to a newborn baby up to 4 months.
Infantino and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced Wednesday that the company is recalling about 1 million affected slingsafter three infants suffocated in the slings in 2009.
Kidsafe Victoria President Dr Mark Stokes also confirmed that parents should be conscious:
“be constantly vigilant that they have not become positioned where their mouth or nose is covered by the sling”.
The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association is offering the following tips to be safe:
- Make sure the baby’s face is visible at all times.
- The baby’s head should not be covered by any fabric.
- Parents and caregivers should be able to look at the baby’s entire face when they are using the sling.
- Be sure that the baby is not hunched with chin touching chest.
- The baby’s face should not be pressed tight against wearer.