Baby sleep aid linked to 12 deaths PULLED by top retailers

6th Oct 17 | News

New advice from the FDA is warning parents that the product can sometimes cause suffocation

A number of British retailers and online stores have stopped selling baby sleep positioners after they were linked to 12 deaths in the US.

According to the Irish Mirror, Tesco and eBay have said they have stopped selling these baby sleep aids following updated advice from the FDA that they can cause newborns to suffocate.

The FDA has said that these ‘nests’ or ‘anti-roll’ cushions have been involved in a number of infant deaths after they rolled from their sides onto the fronts.

A spokesperson for Tesco told Mirror Online: "We have removed these products from our website as a precautionary measure."

They are not sold in Tesco stores.

eBay also told the Mirror Online that they would stop selling the products and remove current listings on their site.

The FDA previously warned about the sleep positioners in 2010 and updated it’s warning recently saying: “These products - sometimes also called 'nests' or 'anti-roll' products can cause suffocation that can lead to death.”

“The two most common types of sleep positioners feature raised supports or pillows (called 'bolsters') that are attached to each side of a mat, or a wedge to raise a baby’s head.”

“The positioners are intended to keep a baby in a specific position while sleeping and are intended for infants under 6 months old.”

The Lullaby Trust also warns people against using these baby sleep aids.

It says on its website: “There is no need to use any type of equipment or rolled up blankets to keep your baby in one position unless you have been advised by a health professional for a specific medical condition.”

“It is much safer for your baby to be in their cot with just the sheets or blankets, and no extras which could be pulled over their face or cause an accident.”

“As babies grow stronger they learn to move and roll and this is fine.”