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Health Agencies Update
November 24, 2010

Sleep Positioner Warning

JAMA. 2010;304(20):2232. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1683

Infant sleep positioning devices claiming to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) pose a suffocation risk to infants, according to a joint warning from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in September.

Over the past 13 years, the FDA and the CPSC have received 12 reports of infant deaths associated with the use of sleep positioning devices and dozens of reports of infants who had been placed in a sleep positioner being found in positions that could have led to suffocation. The agencies are urging parents not to use such devices. The FDA has also sent letters to 18 companies that manufacture infant sleep positioning devices asking them to stop selling the products and to submit data on the safety and benefit of the products for review.