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.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and New York-based, Fisher-Price, Inc., initiated a voluntary recall on the Newborn Rock ‘N Play Sleeper™ today. According to a press release from the agency, the recall was issued due to mold exposure risks.
The Newborn Rock ‘N Play Sleeper™ is an infant recliner used as a resting place for children under 25-pounds. The products were sold at retailers nationwide since September of 2009 for between $50 and $85.
The agency states approximately 800,000 units will be affected by the recall following around 600 reports of mold received by the CPSC. The units have a removable seat cushion that attaches to a hard plastic frame. If not removed and cleaned often enough, mold can develop under the seat and on the frame. So far, 16 cases have been reported of infants suffering coughs and hives after sleeping in an affected recliner.
Experts say that exposure to mold can lead to injuries like respiratory illness and other infections. Mold can be detected by the presence of brown or black spots developing on the frame or on the removable seat cushion. If mold is found, the unit should be cleaned immediately.
The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers know the dangers defective products can pose and encourage anyone who has been harmed by an Oklahoma Defective Product to discuss their legal rights with a qualified attorney immediately.
Rep. Scott Inman is on a mission to help prevent alcohol-related Oklahoma auto accidents by requiring anyone who has past DUI or DWI convictions to be required to have it noted on their drivers’ licenses. The reason is so bartenders and waiters will know who has a history of drinking and driving while intoxicated. Inman proposes that the notations remain on licenses for four years and can then be removed if that person has not received additional drunk-driving citations.
Inman noted the problem of driving under the influence of alcohol and the resulting Oklahoma car crashes are a serious statewide problem.