European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 174, Issue 12, pp 1665–1670

Sudden deaths in adult-worn baby carriers: 19 cases

  • J. Bergounioux
  • C. Madre
  • A. Crucis-Armengaud
  • E. Briand-Huchet
  • A. P. Michard-Lenoir
  • H. Patural
  • S. Dauger
  • S. Renolleau
  • A. M. Teychéne
  • S. Henry
  • D. Biarent
  • C. Robin
  • E. Werner
  • C. Rambaud
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00431-015-2593-6

Cite this article as:
Bergounioux, J., Madre, C., Crucis-Armengaud, A. et al. Eur J Pediatr (2015) 174: 1665. doi:10.1007/s00431-015-2593-6

Abstract

Soft infant carriers such as slings have become extremely popular in the west and are usually considered safe. We report 19 cases of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) linked to infant carrier. Most patients were healthy full-term babies less than 3 months of age, and suffocation was the most frequent cause of death.

Conclusion: Infant carriers represent an underestimated cause of death by suffocation in neonates.

What is Known:

• Sudden unexpected deaths in infancy linked to infant carrier have been only sparsely reported.

What is New:

• We report a series of 19 cases strongly suggesting age of less than 3 months as a risk factor and suffocation as the mechanism of death.

Keywords

Sudden unexpected death in infancy Sudden infant death syndrome Asphyxia Baby slings Baby carriers 

Abbreviations

AAP

American Academy of Pediatrics

GFRUP

Groupe Francophone de Réanimation et d’Urgences Pédiatriques

ICU

Intensive care unit

SIDS

Sudden infant death syndrome

SUDI

Sudden unexpected death in infants

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Bergounioux
    • 1
    • 2
  • C. Madre
    • 3
  • A. Crucis-Armengaud
    • 3
  • E. Briand-Huchet
    • 4
  • A. P. Michard-Lenoir
    • 5
  • H. Patural
    • 6
  • S. Dauger
    • 3
  • S. Renolleau
    • 7
  • A. M. Teychéne
    • 8
  • S. Henry
    • 9
  • D. Biarent
    • 10
  • C. Robin
    • 11
  • E. Werner
    • 12
  • C. Rambaud
    • 13
  1. 1.Pediatric Intensive Care UnitRaymond Poincaré University Hospital, AP-HPGarchesFrance
  2. 2.Inserm U1151Pathogénie des Infections SystémiquesParisFrance
  3. 3.Pediatric Intensive Care UnitRobert Debré University Hospital, AP-HPParisFrance
  4. 4.Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy Referral CenterAntoine Béclère University Hospital, AP-HPClamartFrance
  5. 5.Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy Referral CenterGrenoble University HospitalGrenobleFrance
  6. 6.Pediatric Intensive Care UnitSaint Etienne University HospitalSaint EtienneFrance
  7. 7.Pediatric Intensive Care UnitArmand Trousseau University Hospital, AP-HPParisFrance
  8. 8.Pediatrics DepartmentJean Verdier University Hospital, AP-HPBondyFrance
  9. 9.Pediatrics DepartmentCornouaille HospitalQuimperFrance
  10. 10.Pediatric Intensive Care UnitReine Fabiola University Children’s HospitalBrusselsBelgium
  11. 11.Pediatrics DepartmentPoitiers University HospitalPoitiersFrance
  12. 12.Pediatrics DepartmentOrleans HospitalOrleansFrance
  13. 13.Forensics and Pathology DepartmentRaymond Poincaré University Hospital, AP-HPGarchesFrance