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Round Rock baby's death prompts infant sling recall

Round Rock baby's death prompts infant sling recall

Credit: CPSC

by Terri Gruca

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Posted on June 2, 2010 at 8:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 2 at 8:22 PM

The death of a Round Rock baby three years ago has prompted the Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall 40 Sprout Stuff infant ring slings.

The child was 10 days old and died in 2007 and I'm still waiting for word on why it took so long to issue the recall.

The Sprout Stuff infant ring sling is fabric/natural muslin and comes with or without a shoulder pad. The sling is worn by parents and caregivers to carry a child up to two years of age. “Sprout Stuff” is printed on the back side of the tail’s hem.

Sprout Stuff sold the recalled infant slings, which were made in the United States, directly to consumers between October 2006 and May 2007 for between $35 and $45. Sprout Stuff is directly contacting known purchasers of the recalled infant slings.

If you bought one of these you should stop using it immediately and contact Sprout Stuff to return the sling for a full refund at (877) 319-3103 anytime. You can also email the firm at sproutstuffrefunds@gmail.com or contact the firm by mail at Sprout Stuff Refunds, P.O. Box 612, Buda, Texas 78610.

Do not attempt to fix these carriers.

On March 12, 2010, CPSC issued a warning about sling carriers for babies. Slings can pose two different types of suffocation hazards to babies. In the first few months of life, babies cannot control their heads because of weak neck muscles. The sling’s fabric can press against an infant’s nose and mouth, blocking the baby’s breathing and rapidly suffocating a baby within a minute or two.

The other problem is when a sling keeps the infant in a curled position bending the chin toward the chest, the airways can be restricted, limiting the oxygen supply. The baby will not be able to cry for help and can slowly suffocate.

CPSC has determined that a mandatory standard is needed for infant sling carriers and is currently under development.

There currently are no safety standards for infant sling carriers.