Baby sleep aid linked to 12 deaths PULLED by top retailers

  • Baby sleep aid linked to 12 deaths PULLED by top retailers

Baby sleep aid linked to 12 deaths PULLED by top retailers

Mothercare, Tesco, and eBay have announced they are withdrawing the products, the MailOnline reports.

Amazon, however, is continuing to sell the positioners.

The Food and Drug Administration in the USA has issued a statement explaining the pillows - often called "nests" or "anti-roll" products - can cause babies to sleep in a position that could cut off their oxygen.

"The two most common types of sleep positioners feature raised supports or pillows (called "bolsters") that are attached to each side of a mat, or a wedge to raise a baby's head".

In response to the warning, Mothercare confirmed to HuffPost UK that it had removed the sleep positioners from sale.

Because despite the fact that these products are meant to prevent babies from rolling over in their sleep, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has linked them to at least 12 infant deaths in the U.S.

The supermarket announced the "precautionary measure" after a United States watchdog warned the products should not be used.

Several of the products were still available on eBay but a spokeswoman said it was planning to remove them. "These products - sometimes also called "nests" or "anti-roll" products - can cause suffocation (a struggle to breathe) that can lead to death".

According to the FDA, the deaths occurred when babies rolled from their sides onto their fronts before they stopped breathing. Even if placed properly on their backs, infants may be able to scoot up or downward on the sleep positioning device and risk becoming entrapped and suffocate between the device and the crib side or bassinet'.

It said: "The federal government has received reports about babies who have died from suffocation associated with their sleep positioners".

On its website, the FDA says the positioners should never be used, and advises people to always put babies to sleep on their back inside an empty cot.

"Babies are at higher risk of sudden infant death syndrome if they have their heads covered and some items added to a cot may increase the risk of head-covering and can also increase the risk of accidents". These products were available online only, not in-store.