The American Academy of Pediatrics is asking all parents to stop using the Fisher Price Rock n’ Play. Last week the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning about the infant rocker after ten babies died using the product. Today the AAP issued a statement saying the warning didn’t go far enough.
In a statement published earlier today, the AAP is asking all parents to discontinue the use of the Rock n’ Play. Additionally, the organization is requesting all stores stop selling the product.
“This product is deadly and should be recalled immediately,” said Kyle Yasuda, MD, FAAP, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “When parents purchase a product for their baby or child, many assume that if it’s being sold in a store, it must be safe to use.
Tragically, that is not the case. There is convincing evidence that the Rock ‘n Play inclined sleeper puts infants’ lives at risk, and CPSC must step up and take immediate action to remove it from stores and prevent further tragedies.”
According to the AAP, the warning issued by the CPSC left out critical details about the dangers of the product. For instance, the warning stated that ten infants died using the product between 2015-2018. Also, the statement said that all the infants that died were over the age of three months.
However, the AAP said an article published on April 8 by Consumer Reports linked 32 deaths to the Rock n’ Play since 2011. Reported deaths of infants included babies younger than three months old. Also, the report stated that infants died from asphyxia from the baby’s position.
The AAP went on to say,
“We cannot put any more children’s lives at risk by keeping these dangerous products on the shelves,” said Rachel Moon, MD, FAAP, chair of the AAP Task Force on SIDS. “The Rock ‘n Play inclined sleeper should be removed from the market immediately.
It does not meet the AAP’s recommendations for a safe sleep environment for any baby. Infants should always sleep on their back, on a separate, flat and firm sleep surface without any bumpers or bedding.”
Finally, the AAP reminded parents that no baby should sleep in a positioner that requires restraining a baby. When a baby is restrained, they can move into a position that makes breathing difficult. Babies should never sleep in any positioners, car seats, swings, or strollers.
The only way to reduce the confusion is by removing the product from the market. Clearly, Fisher-Price knows their rocker is dangerous. Yet, they still sell the product.
No baby should die because a company fails to remove a faulty product from the market. The government should do more to protect babies by completely recalling the Rock n’ Play.
*Katie Joy is a columnist and hosts Without A Crystal Ball on Patheos Non-Religious Channel. She writes articles on parenting, disability advocacy, debunking pseudoscience, atheism, and crimes against women and children.
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