The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a new warning to consumers regarding baby sleep products that claim to help prevent or reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS, which is defined as the unexplained death of an infant under the age of one, is often the leading reason that new parents specifically buy products they believe will help to keep their newborn safe while sleeping.
However, the FDA has never approved an infant sleep product for the prevention of SIDS, and as such, the agency is working hard to stop manufacturers from marketing their products in such a way. Companies that make products like infant positioners, mattresses, crib bedding, pillows, crib tents and baby monitors often target new parents, claiming use of their products could potentially reduce the risk of SIDS. As a result, the FDA is asking manufacturers to change their product labeling, specifically requesting that they remove any false or unapproved medical claims.
Pediatric experts suggest the best way to prevent SIDS is for parents to place their child on his or her back when sleeping. Additionally, no other items (blankets, bumper pads, stuffed animals, etc.) should be in the crib or bassinet with the infant.