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Parents often look for items that will make their baby more comfortable or make their own life a bit easier. Many products are marketing specifically to expectant parents and parents of newborns. One thing that all parents should be careful about is claims regarding sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notes that it hasn't approved any products to claim that the product reduces the incidence of SIDS. In fact, the FDA points out that there aren't any studies that show that any product can reduce the risk of SIDS.

The only ways that you can reduce the risk of SIDS in a baby is using safe sleep techniques. These are often called the ABCs of safe sleep. They include the baby sleeping alone, on their back and in a crib that is free from loose bedding and soft objects.

Some parents might see the claims of reducing SIDS and think that the product is safe. Sadly, this might lead to the child being harmed. In those cases, the parents might choose to seek compensation for the harm that their child suffered. Although, this might not help much if the product claimed the child's life or if you have a child who has been severely impacted by one of these products.

Issues with unsafe baby products are handled through a product liability lawsuit. You can take action by filing a claim for compensation that includes the appropriate parties as defendants. You should make sure that you name all liable parties and consider each type of damages that you might claim in your case.

Source: United States Food and Drug Administration, "Baby Products with SIDS Prevention Claims," accessed June 16, 2017

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