Parents should not use the “cushions petitioners for babies” (also known as “sleep petitioners”) commercially available, unless your doctor prescribes them. The devices have been associated with suffocation deaths, health officials warn U.S…
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention U.S., released a report detailing a case of this nature, and includes findings of the Committee on Safety of Consumer Products, which has documented 13 deaths related to sleep petitioners a period of thirteen years.
Cushions baby petitioners pose a serious risk of suffocation, said Michelle Bole, spokeswoman for the Food and Drug Administration of the USA.
The FDA is unaware of any evidence showing that the benefits of the cushions baby petitioners outweigh the risk of suffocation, and the FDA never approved the cushions petitioners for babies to prevent or reduce the risk of SIDS in infants.
In several of these deaths, babies were placed in side sleep positioned in a misinformed attempt to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), according to the report, published in the journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Other deaths resulted when used to prevent reflux petitioners to keep the baby’s head elevated to prevent the baby to turn around and to prevent the child’s skull flattening.
These deaths occurred despite a warning device that warns that you should not continue to use the positioned once the baby starts moving during sleep, this product should be used or if the doctor has recommended that your baby sleep on your side.
The devices have only limited usefulness, very few babies benefit from the use of petitioners cushions, for example, a child with cerebral palsy have difficulty swallowing may need a pillow to sleep positioned. It is unlikely that these babies will leave the device because they do not move normally, as a result of their disability.
Warning parents and child care providers to:
- Stop using baby petitioner’s cushions. Using a device to keep the baby in a particular position is dangerous and unnecessary.
- Never put pillows, positioning devices, quilts or blankets under the baby or in the crib.
- Always put a baby on her back at night and during naps.
- Babies should always sleep on their backs on a firm surface; parents should not add anything to the sleeping area that can potentially cause choking. This includes pillows, stuffed animals, heads or quilts.