FDA Warning About Sleep Positioners For Infants Due To Risk Of Suffocation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns against using sleep positioners for infants because there is a risk of suffocation.

What Is A Sleep Positioner?

A sleep positioner, also called a "nest" or "anti-roll" device, is a support or pillow meant to keep a baby in a certain position while sleeping. The FDA has received reports of infants suffocating during sleep after rolling on their side or stomach while in a sleep positioner. The FDA seeks to make clear that there is no scientific evidence to support any medical benefit from using a sleep positioner. While these products might have some benefits, they are far outweighed by the risk of death from suffocation.

Nearly 4,000 infants die from accidental suffocation, Sudden Infant Deat Syndrome, or other unknown causes each year. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends infants sleep on their back, on a firm, flat surface, with no soft object like pillows, loose bedding, or toys. The FDA recommends remembering the ABC's when putting an infant to bed: Alone on the Back in a bare Crib.

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