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Baby slings may suffocate infants

WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- After receiving seven reports of babies suffocating, the U.S. government is preparing a safety warning about infant slings.

Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Inez Tenenbaum says her agency is getting ready to issue a general warning to the public, likely to go out this week, about the baby carriers, which parents can sling around their chests to carry their baby.

No specific products or brands were mentioned.

Safety advocates have cautioned that some slings, where the baby falls into a curved or "C-like" position inside the sling, can lead to suffocation by restricting the baby's breathing.

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