New Federal Standards Issued for Infant Slings Following Injuries, Deaths
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved new standards for infant sling carriers aimed at reducing the number of child injuries and deaths associated with the products. The new standard applies to any infant sling manufactured or imported into the U.S. after January 30th.
What Are the New Federal Guidelines?
While a number of new standards are going into effect, the most important involves permanently attached warning labels and instructions meant to show the proper position of a child in the sling. According to the CPSC, instructions should include an illustrated diagram to prevent confusion and the warning label must include statements about:
- The suffocation hazards posed by slings and prevention measures.
- The hazards of children falling out of slings.
- A reminder for caregivers to check the buckles, snaps, rings and other hardware to make sure no parts are broken.
In terms of manufacturing and durability, the new standard requires sling carriers to:
- Be able to carry up to three times the manufacturer’s maximum recommended weight.
- Be more durable to avoid seam separations, fabric tears, breakage, etc.
- Be able to keep the child being carried from falling out of the sling during normal use.
Why Are the New Standards Necessary?
The new standards were implemented after the CPSC noted an alarming number of deaths and injuries associated with infant sling carriers.
Between January 2003 and September 2016, the CPSC received 159 incident reports involving infant sling carriers. The reports included 17 infant deaths and 67 injuries to infants.
Other Infant Sling Carrier Safety Tips
Before using an infant sling carrier, be sure that you are using the product properly and know hwo to prevent deaths and injuries resulting from a sling carrier. Things to consider include:
- Make sure your child’s face is not covered and is visible at all times.
- If nursing your child while using a sling, change your baby’s position after feeding so their head is facing up and is clear of the sling and your body.
- Conduct frequent checks of your child to make sure nothing in blocking your baby’s nose and mouth and your child’s chin is away from their chest.
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