Baby Slings May Be Issued Deadly
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has reason to believe the popular infant carriers can cause babies to suffocate.
Hollywood mamas like Gwen Stefani love baby slings because of their ease and stylishness. But, later this week, head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Inez Tenenbaum, may issue a warning about the popular baby slings and how they can be deadly. There have been a few instances where babies have suffocated while in the sling, and the government wants to warn the general public about the safety hazard.
Tenenbaum did not mention any specific baby sling brands when discussing safety concerns at a meeting of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, but it is believed, and a study by Consumer Reports in 2008 suggests, that the slings put infants in a “C-like” position, which can be hazardous to the child. Babies can suffocate because they are pushed up too close to their mother’s body, or their head can drop to a chin-to-chest position, restricting airflow.
Tenenbaum said at the meeting, “We know of too many deaths in these slings and we now know the hazard scenarios for very small babies. So, the time has come to alert parents and caregivers.” (Huffington Post)