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Popular Sleepers and the Risk of Head Flattening

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Baby sleepers are widely popular in the world of newborn merchandise. Recently 4.7 million Rock ‘n Play sleepers have been recalled due to the deaths of over 30 infants using the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper.

Quickly following, a similar product, the Rocking Sleeper made by Kids II was also recalled. The CPSC announced the recall of 694,000 Rocking Sleepers after multiple reports of injuries and deaths. The instructions for the sleeper advised parents not to leave their children in the sleeper overnight and instead use the product for supervised naps. Recently a new development and risk has surfaced among the users of the sleeper. Reports from therapy services are coming in of head flattening, neck tightness and motor development issues. 

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The Kids II Rocking Sleeper.

The Semi-reclined position contributes to flat head syndrome and Troticollis.  A common misconception is that a soft surface can’t deform a baby’s skull. However, over-use of even soft infant positioners is a huge contributing factor to Flat Head Syndrome (Positional Plagiocephaly).

Positional Plagiocephaly is when a baby develops a flattening on the back or side of the head. If left untreated, babies with plagiocephaly may develop vision problems and asymmetries of the head and face.

Positional torticollis occurs when the muscles in baby’s neck become stiff or tight, which causes baby’s head to tilt to one side. This condition sometimes affects a baby’s posture causing them to favor one side of their body. Both of these conditions can develop when a baby spends too much time on their back or in infant equipment.

If your child has suffered from positional plagiocephaly and positional torticollis because of the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play or a rocking sleeper, our experienced team of product liability lawyers can help, no matter where you live. We have litigated cases involving defective pieces of equipment, including children’s furniture. We will reach out to engineer and design experts to prove that the product was unreasonably dangerous and should never have been sold.

Carr & Carr has offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, but we work with victims of defective products from across the country. For a free consultation, please call us at 866-510-0580 or contact us online. We only get paid out of a settlement that you approve of or a verdict. We do not charge anything if we are not able to obtain a recovery.

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