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While the idea of a pillow that is designed to shape your child’s head might seem like a great idea, they can actually pose more dangers than you would expect. That’s why they need to be thrown out immediately, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

“The use of head-shaping pillows can create an unsafe sleep environment for infants and may contribute to the risk of suffocation and death,” the FDA warned in a safety announcement.

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Many parents were probably unaware of the fact that the pillows were not actually FDA-approved before being released to the general public.

The products may claim that they are safe but the necessary testing has not taken place yet. Parents must avoid them at all costs. According to the FDA, these pillows “have not been established for the prevention or treatment of positional plagiocephaly or deformational plagiocephaly (also known as flat head syndrome), [or] craniosynostosis (when the developing infant’s skull bones join together too early).”

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The warnings that have been issued by the agency must be heeded by all parents. Parents who are continuing to utilize these pillows are significantly increasing the risk of sudden unexpected infant death. They are also inclusive of sudden infant death syndrome or suffocation and death. The pillows must be thrown away if you have any.

There are no ifs, and, or buts here. Infants need to sleep on a flat surface on their backs, without any loose items around that could cause them harm. Pillows, toys, and soft objects cannot be kept in the crib for any reason. Parents of children with the flat head syndrome should be consulting with a licensed physician and not take matters into their own hands.

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There has also been a Consumer Product Safety Commission recall on a certain type of baby rocker that has caused numerous infant deaths. 2 million 4moms’ MamaRoo Baby Swing, versions 1.0 through 4.0, have been recalled. In addition to these recalls, 220,000 RockaRoo Baby Rockers have been recalled.