This story was sent to us by a mom who tragically lost her baby due to “positional asphyxiation” after a childcare provider left him to sleep unbuckled in a car seat. She asked us to share this with NewsMom readers.
Sleep-related deaths are the most common cause of death for infants under 12 months. In a recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, researchers found two-thirds of the deaths they analyzed involved car seats. But car seats are not the only culprit.
This story from FOX23’s Michelle Linn takes a look at the lack of oversight and regulation of concerning and untested baby products.
“There’s a misconception by a lot of parents that if it’s for sale, it’s safe.”
That’s what a local RN, and infant sleep safety expert, told me, as we looked into products being sold to new parents—that don’t have to meet federal safety standards.
I questioned the CPSC about why these products aren’t held to the same standards as cribs and play yards, and found out how they could put your baby at risk.
According to the CDC’s National Infant Sleep Position Study, the dramatic decrease in the number of SIDS-related deaths since the ’90s directly correlates with the dramatic increase of parents placing babies to sleep flat on their backs.
But while SIDS deaths have declined, sleep-related deaths from other causes, including suffocation, entrapment and asphyxia, have increased.
For more on the topic, see the NewMom blog “Wake The Baby! Don’t Use Car Seats as Stroller Seats.”