This equipment can suffocate your baby while sleeping

While the anti-flat head pillow is popular with many parents, it can be life-threatening for babies. The FDA wants to educate parents and professionals.

The warning comes from the United States. On November 3, the FDA advised parents and caregivers not to use the popular flat-head pillows or other “baby wedges.” These devices, intended to prevent or correct plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome), could have unexpected consequences.

The FDA is not aware of any demonstrated benefit of using infant head shaping pillows for medical purposes. Use of head-shaping pillows can create an unsafe sleeping environment for infants and may contribute to the risk of choking and death“, warns the agency in a press release. She also recalls that she did not approve these pillows. “The safety and effectiveness of these products have not been established for the prevention or treatment of flat head syndrome.“.

If you have one of these devices, the health agency recommends throwing it away and not giving it to anyone else. If you notice that your child has a flat head, the FDA recommends talking directly to a health professional who can set up appropriate and safe care. “Be aware that using pillows to shape an infant’s head may delay needed evaluation and management of harmless conditions, such as flat head syndrome, or more serious conditions, such as craniosynostosis“, warns the FDA.

A secure environment

To avoid the risk of unexpected infant death, a newborn must imperatively sleep on a flat surface and in a crib without a blanket, cushion, duvet, bumper, etc. “Bed sharing is also an independent risk factor, multiplying by 5 the risk of MIN in children under 3 months; sharing the parents’ room, on the other hand, would be beneficial and would reduce the risk of MIN by 50%, probably in facilitating the monitoring of the child, its accessibility and easier repositioning in bed in case of breastfeeding“, specifies Public Health France. Finally, exposure to tobacco during pregnancy is considered the second risk factor for unexpected infant death.

In France, unexpected infant death syndrome is the leading cause of death in infants aged between 28 days and one year.

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