Nearly 30 die from ‘sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, every year
A California nursery and crib company said on Thursday it is recalling some 130,000 floral-print “Boppy” baby chests and swaddles that could trap infants under a child-sized surface and stop air from circulating, causing them to suffocate.
The company, BabyBoomers, urged parents and caregivers in the United States and Canada to stop using the bumpers that are made of laminated plastic and contained in four-by-eight inch polyester foam bases with decorative floral designs and pockets.
The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against using plastic bumpers because they can impede breathing, especially in small children who are less able to get away.
Toxicology reports from earlier this year identified eight infants who were reportedly under the influence of the decorative elements of the Boppy cushions, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Cases of infants suffocating on bumpers caused by excessive weight or undue compression have also been reported in Britain, Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium, BabyBoomers said in a statement.
BabyBoomers, a San Diego company started in 2007, recalled about 101,000 of the bumpers from large retailers in 2017 and said it was also recalling the more than 130,000 bumpers sold from March 2011 to April 2018.
The company, which currently ships and sells all of its baby items online, has suspended shipping new shipments until a permanent fix is put in place.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we’ve decided to go ahead and pull all bumpers from the market and we are looking at a permanent fix solution,” said an official with BabyBoomers who declined to be identified.
There are currently no reports of babies experiencing suffocation injuries linked to use of the bumpers, the company said.
Earlier this year, the FDA urged parents to avoid loose covers over their crib slats and other loose items in cribs and other child-sized products in view of an increased risk of suffocation and entrapment.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, in an advisory posted on its website on Thursday, cited a 2014 study in which a group of 130 babies who died of SIDS were identified to have been directly underneath bumpers used for infant storage.
“Boppy” – a Latin word meaning “strong” – and the phrases “I’ll be right back” and “keep calm” are both commonly seen on pillows sold in the United States and elsewhere, the FDA advisory said.
Of the 32 infants who had been placed underneath bumpers from 2010 to 2012, 29 suffocated, according to the FDA advisory.
The report from the FDA, which has seen reports from 29 deaths from SIDS, is intended to inform parents and caregivers about the hazards involved in using bumpers, the agency said.