FDA CONSUMER HEALTH INFORMATION – Do Baby Products Prevent SIDS? FDA Says No
SILVER SPRING, Md., Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The best thing you can do to lower the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is to place your baby on his or her back to sleep, with nothing else in the crib or bassinet.
That’s the recommendation of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is working to prevent manufacturers of sleep products for babies from claiming that their use will prevent or lower the chance of SIDS. These products include infant positioners, mattresses, crib bedding, pillows, crib tents and baby monitors.
The agency has never approved a product to prevent SIDS–the unexplained death of a baby younger than age 1–and is asking manufacturers to stop marketing their products with these claims until they have received FDA clearance or approval, or to change their labeling to remove all medical claims.
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