DEADLY BABY SLEEP AIDS KEPT ON SALE FOR 48 HOURS; John Lewis eventually withdraws positioners while they are tested.
Byline: OLIVER MILNE ECHO Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org @OliverMilne
A POTENTIALLY deadly baby sleep aid was still on sale in Liverpool 48 hours after similar products were linked to up to 12 deaths.
On Wednesday America's Food and Drug Administration urged parents to ditch sleep positioners as they can cause newborns to suffocate.
Sleep aids come in all shapes and sizes and are used to keep babies under six months old in a specific position while asleep.
UK based retailers quickly said they were going to withdraw the positioners, sometimes called nests or anti-roll cushions, from sale.
But the ECHO can reveal a similar product known as a baby nest was still on sale at John Lewis at Liverpool One on Friday, After the company was contacted it quickly agreed to remove the product while it was tested for safety. A spokesperson for John Lewis said: "We have one baby sleep positioner, the Cocoonababy Sleep Positioner which has been removed from sale. As an additional precaution we have also withdrawn the Cocoonababy Nest."
Other retailers like Tesco and Mothercare said they would remove the positioners from sale.
In its advice, the FDA wrote online: "These products can cause suffocation that can lead to death.
To reduce the risk of sleep-related infant deaths infants should sleep on their backs, on a firm, empty surface, the American Academy of Paediatrics said. The Lullaby Trust also warns against using baby sleep positioners.
|UNSAFE: The Cocoonababy was still on sale at John Lewis's Liverpool One store, but has now been removed from the shelves