Study Shows Risks Associated With Some Newborn Care Products

by Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys

Protecting children from harm is a top priority for most parents; however, a new study is showing some of the products used for newborn care may not be as safe as previously believed and may cause a defective product injury.

In the February issue of the Journal of Pediatrics, a team of researchers released a set of findings that showed a high number of infant deaths and injuries that were associated with swaddlers, sleepers, and wearable blankets. The group examined records and reports from the Consumer Product Safety Commission that were collected from 2004 to 2012 and what they found was astounding.

During the time frame the study examined, there were 36 adverse health events reported in conjunction with the use of swaddling products. Ten of the reports came after the death of a child, with 80 percent of those incidents being listed as the result of positional asphyxia related to prone sleeping. 70 percent listed other contributing factors, such as plush bedding.

Two other reports were completed after a newborn was injured. Those injuries involved the teeth of zippers harming children.

Another 12 reports were made out of concern about a product although a child was not injured.

These numbers leave many parents wondering what can be done to prevent such incidents. The Oklahoma personal injury lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers explain parents should stop swaddling infants as soon as their earliest attempts to roll over are witnessed. Until then, all excess bedding, such as pillows and blankets, should be removed from the child’s sleeping area. Parents who use swaddling wraps or wearable blankets are also encouraged to double check to ensure all fasteners are secure.