CAUTION TO PARENTS
Young babies can be at risk of
positional asphyxia. Positional asphyxia is a type of
suffocation that happens when a person’s body is put
in a position restricting airflow. One form of
positional asphyxia affecting small babies can occur
when their chin is pushed down against their chest.
Keep your baby safe by insuring their head is back far
enough to insure free air flow. Do not allow your
baby’s nose or mouth to become pressed against any
soft bedding, soft parent, a pillow, plastic bag or
any material that could restrict airflow. This is
especially important when your baby is sleeping.
Tips for ensuring your baby’s
Your baby should be visible at all times so you can
monitor his/her well being.
Warning signs of positional asphyxia are:
• Frequent or continuous grunting or sighing
• Labored or rapid breathing
Oxygenation studies show that
placing a carefully folded receiving blanket behind
the baby’s back from bottom to shoulders inside of the
carrier will help to lift the baby’s chin off of
his/her chest. This improves oxygenation to the safe
Native infant support pillow can also be used to
elevate the chin away from the chest. Place the infant
support pillow inside the carrier and position the
baby so he/she is supported from the baby’s bottom to
the back of the head.
Photo shows baby
properly positioned for good air flow, using New
Native Infant Support Pillow.