RoSPA, CAPT and Children in Wales are supporting a campaign
run by NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly to raise awareness of the
dangers posed to babies by nappy sacks.
Nappy sacks - the plastic bags used to dispose of soiled
nappies - are often kept close to baby for ease when changing
nappies. However, the light, flimsy plastic material makes it easy
for baby to grab one - especially as they're also often produced
induvidually, not kept on a roll.
A baby's natural repsonse is to bring objects to her mouth to
investigate - and nappy sacks can cover her mouth and nose easily,
and in some cases can even be inhaled.
Investigation uncovered as many as 10 babies in England and
Wales had been suffocated by nappy sacks.
To help raise awareness of the dangers, a range of free,
downloadable material is available from RoSPA's
website. The website also includes a
useful height chart to display in your setting with reminders
about the accidents that can befall small children and how to help