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Cracking down on unsafe toddler sleep merchandise


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For years, sleep-deprived dad and mom have been inundated with adverts for toddler sleep merchandise that promised improved sleep for infants, much less fussiness and success in “easing the transition from the womb to the world.” Many of those merchandise are available in shops and on-line regardless of considerations from pediatricians that they’re unsafe for infants. Now, a flurry of nationwide efforts goals to boost consciousness of the dangers posed by a few of these gadgets, and to crack down on doubtlessly harmful merchandise.

Final week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) launched up to date secure sleep suggestions, which, for the primary time, discourage utilizing merchandise like weighted swaddles and weighted sleep sacks, in addition to dwelling cardiorespiratory displays. These merchandise have grown in recognition because the AAP final printed suggestions in 2016. The group additionally encourages dad and mom to place infants to sleep on a flat, non-inclined sleep floor, a nod to the recognition of the inclined sleepers which have led to not less than 94 deaths over the previous 10 years. The rules additionally repeat earlier recommendation that infants ought to sleep in the identical room — however not the identical mattress — as their caregivers.



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