Baby Safety: Safety Bed To Minimize Risk Of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

By Elizabeth Anderson, Parent Herald August 18, 07:15 am
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A so-called infant safety bed has been invented and is touted to mimic the environment of a mother's womb and even minimize the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The infant safety bed is called Crescent Womb, an elastic bed which is attached to the corners of a baby's crib like a hammock. It was created by James Spencer from Florida.

According to a report published in Fox News, Spencer has claimed that the infant safety bed he created decreases the risk of suffocation of babies. This is because being placed in the Crescent Womb will mean that the baby is in a "healthy, soothing breathing position and avoiding the potential dangers of crib rails and excessive blankets."

The report said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show that there are around 3,500 baby deaths annually from sudden unexpected infant deaths. Among the deaths,1,500 babies died due to SIDS. According to a report in the Daily Mail, Spencer said that the infant safety bed helps babies' spine to develop in a natural way because it holds babies in a fetal position, as opposed to a flat position.

Christina Rolles of The Lullaby Trust was quoted in the report as saying that there is no evidence to support a claim of any product capable of reducing sudden infant death syndrome. Rolles said that there is medical evidence that show that babies who do not sleep on firm, flat surfaces could potentially face a greater risk of death.

As posted in crowd-sourced fundraising website Kickstarter in the time of this article's writing, Spencer's Crescent Womb has 732 backers who have pledged to give $98, 177 in support of the production of the infant safety bed. This is way beyond the goal of $ 30,000 which Spencer aims to raise by September 7th. Crescent Womb is said to have been tested on Consumer Product Safety Commission standards.

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