Use of Sleep Positioners May Cause Infant Suffocation, FDA Warns

October 16, 2017 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care


​Parents and caregivers should never put babies to sleep in sleep positioners because they can cause suffocation and lead to death, states the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in an October 3, 2017, safety alert. FDA states that each year, roughly 4,000 infants die unexpectedly during sleep from accidental suffocation, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), or unknown causes. FDA has received reports about babies who were placed on their backs or sides in sleep positioners, but were later found in dangerous positions within or next to the products.

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