FDA Says Anti-SIDS Baby Products Do Not Work

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially released a statement this week saying that there are no real anti-SIDS products...
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially released a statement this week saying that there are no real anti-SIDS products on the market, and that parents shouldn't fall for the hype of companies who are marketing anti-SIDS products. The FDA notes that the best way to prevent SIDS is to place your baby on his back during sleep-time. Right now there are plenty of anti-SIDS products on the market, including infant positioners, mattresses, crib bedding, pillows, crib tents and baby monitors. However, the FDA has never approved a product as an anti-SIDS product. There's simply no such thing. The FDA goes on to say that any parents should avoid any baby products claiming to cure, treat or prevent SIDS, because not only are these products falsely advertising, but some are even dangerous. For example, the FDA is aware of 13 infant deaths in the past 13 years associated with sleep positioners, a product that manufacturers claim can prevent SIDS. The Consumer Product Safety Commission agrees that those SIDS prevention claims are false, and has received reports of babies found in hazardous positions after being placed in a positioner. Susan Cummins, M.D., M.P.H., chief pediatric medical officer in FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, goes on to note:
Other products can also be hazardous. Babies can slide down and be trapped by wedges designed to keep them on their back. Blankets, quilts, soft toys and pillow-like crib bedding can smother.
Cummins says parents should follow the ABCs:
  • Alone in their own bed. Don’t co-sleep because you risk that the baby will be accidentally suffocated if you roll over.
  • Back to sleep - every sleep. Do not put the baby on his side or on his stomach.
  • Crib. The baby should always be placed in a crib or bassinet to sleep.
Now, the FDA is cracking down on these SIDS prevention products and they're asking manufacturers to stop marketing their products with SIDS prevention claims until they have received FDA clearance or approval. By the way, while the FDA doesn't approve of co-sleeping, the merits of doing so are up for debate. + Do Baby Products Prevent SIDS? FDA Says No


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