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Seven Recent Infant Deaths Linked to Boppy Loungers and Nursing Pillows

Seven recent child deaths have been linked to infant loungers and nursing pillows made by Boppy, which is a popular manufacturer of nursery products.

This shocking information, from Consumer Reports analysis based on government data, comes nearly one year after a watchdog warning over the safety of lounging pads for infants.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the federal agency that oversees the safety of thousands of home goods, warned parents and caregivers never to let infants sleep on lounging pads, which are intended for babies to sit or lie on while they are awake, or on nursing pillows which are meant to make breastfeeding easier.

What Makes These Products Dangerous?

When babies or left unattended or sleeping on these products, they may roll over or their heads may fall in such a way that it can block their breathing and lead to suffocation. At the time of the CPSC warning, which came in October 2020, Consumer Reports had uncovered at least 28 infant deaths from 2012 to 2018 tied to nursing pillows and baby loungers, manufactured by a variety of companies, including some from Boppy.

The analysis was based on data from CPSC including from its SaferProducts.gov public database of incidents. Since then, Consumer Reports says it has learned of seven additional infant fatalities and one injury through a public database, all of which are linked to nursing pillows or loungers made by Boppy.

Most of the fatalities happened when the children were put to sleep while propped up by a pillow or lounger. The babies then rolled over into the soft fabric and were unable to breathe. In many cases, there were other factors that contributed to the death such as a blanket on top of the baby or a parent or sibling in bed with the baby. In one case, a 2-month-old infant placed in the Boppy pillow in an adult bed with an adult lying next to her rolled over and was face down in the pillow, which caused her to suffocate and die.

Proper Sleeping Position for Infants

According to the American Association of Pediatrics, babies should always be placed on their backs on a firm, flat surface designed for sleep such as a crib or bassinet that meets safety standards. Pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals should be kept out of a child’s sleep space.

Parents should not rely on commercially-sold sleep apnea monitors that claim to alert them if the baby stops breathing or if the heart rate is unusually slow.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a dangerous or defective product, please contact an experienced product defect lawyer who can provide you with more information about pursuing your legal rights.

 

Source: https://www.consumerreports.org/child-safety/boppy-loungers-and-nursing-pillows-linked-to-infant-deaths-a4080750405/

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