To the Editor: Recently, there has been an increase in the popularity and use of baby slings to transport infants. A sling is a soft fabric carrier, worn around a parent or caregiver’s neck, in which the infant is suspended. Slings are often promoted as a secure and easy way to carry an infant, that maintains close contact with the child.
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Infant deaths associated with baby slings
Roger W Byard and John D Gilbert
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (6): 321.
Roger W Byard, George Richard Marks Professor of Pathology1
John D Gilbert, Senior Specialist Forensic Pathologist2
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Baby slings — safety alert. Canberra: ACCC, 2011. http://www.accc.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/988112 (accessed Jun 2011).
Consumer Product Safety Commission (US). Infant deaths prompt CPSC warning about sling carriers for babies [media release]. 12 Mar 2010. http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PREREL/prhtml10/10165.html (accessed Jun 2011).
Health Canada. Health Canada reminds parents to exercise caution when using infant slings and soft infant carriers [advisory]. 12 Mar 2010. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/_2010/2010_36-eng.php (accessed Jun 2011).
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