Baby-sling warning expected

A warning that baby slings pose a suffocation hazard is expected to be issued this week by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Baby slings are infant carriers that parents sling around their chests.

Some safety advocates have said that certain slings, in which an infant is cradled in a curved or "C-like" position, can restrict breathing and cause suffocation, the Associated Press reported.

In discussing the general warning to the public, CPSC Chair Inez Tenenbaum didn't single out any specific slings or discuss the seven reported deaths linked to baby slings, the AP reported. - (HealthDay News, March 2010)

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