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Millions of Baby Slings Recalled

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More than one million baby slings made by Infantino were recalled Wednesday after claims linking them to three infant deaths. For more info from Infantino, click here.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said babies could suffocate in the soft fabric slings. The agency urged parents to immediately stop using the slings for babies under 4 months.

(Check out this video on how the CPSC says slings should be used.)

The recall involves one million Infantino "SlingRider" and "Wendy Bellissimo" slings in the United States and 15,000 in Canada.

Dr. Nina Shapiro says there are several reasons why a young infant's airway is at risk in baby slings:

1. Infants, especially those under 3 months old, have little or no control of their neck muscles. If they are compressed in a "chin-down" position, they will not be able to reposition themselves to breathe. If their faces are up against the material of the sling -- or your body -- they may not be able to breathe.

2. An infant's airway is very close to the back of the tongue. If they are positioned in a compressed way, their airway (voice box and windpipe) may be blocked by their tongue.

3. Infants have immature reflexes to sense that they are having a breathing problem. Their reactions are not as brisk as those of older infants (those over 6 months old).

But Natasha Stanton, cofounder of Rockin' Baby Sling, tells momlogic that she believes baby slings are safe if you educate yourself on how to use a sling and how to place your baby in it properly.

Will you still use your baby sling? Comment below.

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1 comments so far | Post a comment now
Stef March 24, 2010, 1:33 PM

I’m got a sling from Rockin’ Baby Sling to use when my little girl is born. They have tutorials, including videos, on how to wear, and use the sling. They expressly say if the baby has chin to chest to use a blanket or some equivalent to raise the head. I still plan on using it despite the CPSC. It’s just one of those things where you need to attentive to make sure everything is okay.

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