Is it still safe to use yours?
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.
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).
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