Warnings After Newborn Baby Suffocates In Baby Sling In NSW

A huge tragedy.


2 May 2019

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A newborn baby has tragically died while being carried in a baby sling by his mother - prompting warnings from experts. 

Red Nose Australia has warned the popular baby carriers are not safe for new born babies after the tragedy.

The baby was found to be not breathing when it’s mother presented him for a check-up with a nurse earlier this month.

Despite medical staff’s best efforts, the baby was unable to be revived.

Red Nose Australia, who support parents affected by sudden infant death, say babies under four mouths old are at greater risk of suffocation, as well as premature or small babies. 

If parents do wish to use a baby sling, they are encourage to follow the following safety list:

  • Tight: Slings should be tight enough to hug your baby close to you.
  • In view at all times: You should always be able to see your baby’s face by simply glancing down.
  • Close enough to kiss: By tipping your head forward you should be able to kiss your baby on the head.
  • Keep chin off the chest: A baby should never be curled so the chin is forced onto the chest as this can restrict breathing.
  • Supported back: The baby’s back should be supported in a natural position so their tummy and chest are against you.

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