A Warning About Sling Carriers

Baby Sling by freshasakitten On March 12, 2010, the Consumers Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released a warning to all parents and caregivers using infant sling carriers. Infants, especially those younger than 4 months of age, premature infants, twins, infants with health issues and those who are of low weight, have weaker neck muscles and can suffocate against the sling fabric. Another hazard that arises with sling use is that the infant’s airway can become obstructed if the infant’s head is positioned in a chin-to-chest position. According to the CPSC, “the baby will not be able to cry for help and can slowly suffocate.” Presently, the CPSC is investigating 14 sling-related deaths with 12 of them involving infants younger than 4 months of age.
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