Image copyright AFP Image caption Blanket is thought to be the cause of death for some babies
The sale of a baby pillow recalled by the US government after eight infants died from suffocation is being halted worldwide.
The Governors General Cabo Trustout Of Bed Comfort Wasabi Salt Infant Blanket was pulled after a six-year-old girl called the manufacturer and disclosed the deaths.
Several hundred deaths are reported to the US government each year from suffocation related to infant beds, sofas and blankets.
The AG Cabo Trustout Of Bed Comfort was designed to provide comfy cuddling for babies by overhanging a blanket.
The blanket is the product being recalled by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, and affected babies were wearing similar baby sleepwear in their home or on trips and trips.
It has the letter T after its name and it has “wasabi” or “raw fish” markings on the folds.
The commission is asking US parents to stop using the blanket, which is now being recalled in 119 countries, including Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States itself.
‘My baby thought it was a toy’
The watchdog is warning against using it to cuddle babies because it has a loud child product warning which might confuse a parent into thinking it is a toy, rather than a blanket.
It says users should also only sleep with one child in the crib, and each sleeper should be wearing a fitted sheet.
The US media have reported that an AG Cabo Trustout Of Bed Comfort Baby Saver baby clothing retails at $20 (around £14).
The AG Cabo Trustout Of Bed Comfort is made in China.
Devon Wright from Lurgan, Northern Ireland had one of the blankets for her first-born child but it was withdrawn last week.
“I used to get a little bit emotional when I was holding him, and he had the blanket on,” she told BBC Radio Ulster.
“I was always crying at night, and he was quite funny about the fact that all I did was cry.
“It was just in the environment of a bed with that on the pillow I thought he had to, it was something that was OK.
“It was just one of those things for him, it wasn’t until he was three and a half years old that he started noticing it, and I had to explain to him that it wasn’t a toy.”
Image copyright AG Cabo Trustout Of Bed Comfort Image caption The AG Cabo Trustout Of Bed Comfort is made in China
Image copyright AG Cabo Trustout Of Bed Comfort Image caption Blanket contains materials which can be identified by Chinese government safety officials
In a letter to those affected, the commission said: “You should immediately discard the AG Cabo Trustout Of Bed Comfort, or other SCBAS product.”
Suffocation is the most common cause of death among children aged one to 15 years old.
Just under 400 deaths are reported to the US government each year from suffocation related to infant beds, sofas and blankets, such as children who get caught or sleep with a firm sleeper, as well as those sleeping on their stomachs.
This is measured as someone sleeping on an adult bed and one in their sleepwear.
Some people argue that this is due to misperception of how a baby should be cared for, but the head of the commission, Sarah Harden, said: “It’s a significant safety problem and it can happen very quickly and you don’t know that your baby is having a problem until it’s too late.”
Professor Tony Lobell, who specialises in sleep hygiene, said most parents were not aware of the dangers of sofas and blankets.
“In my opinion, most people don’t think of the risk of sofas and of even bassinets and box spring cots and push chairs that could conceivably trap your baby underneath and they suffocate to death,” he said.