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Cornish Nappy Bag Warning Goes National

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9:49am 3rd February 2012

A Cornish campaign to stop babies being suffocated by nappy sacks goes national.

It is after Pirate FM revealed two tots lost their lives in the Duchy.

Health experts say the plastic is so thin it clings to their faces.

Camborne mum Michaela will not use them after her eighteen month old got caught:

 “I just think it’s wrong. I’d much rather they had something smaller that they can’t get into than something big that they can. They can choke. They can do anything with them. They’re lethal”

 “If you’ve had cheap ones, my daughter actually cut herself on one of the straps. So they’re not good. Just look after them, watch out for them, have eyes in the back of your head”

Children's Accident Prevention Co-ordinator and campaign founder Beth Beynon from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly PCT said:

"We will continue to explore every avenue to bring about changes to the packaging and the bags themselves at a European level, but we feel this issue can't wait,"

"If we can take this campaign out to communities and reach parents, grandparents and carers we will have achieved one giant step towards preventing any more babies from needlessly dying."

She has won support from the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and Children in Wales (CIW).

The Child Accident Prevention Trust is also working with her to put pressure on the European Commission to change the technical guidance to nappy sack makers.

Preventing further baby deaths - how you can help
To avoid danger of suffocation and choking:
  • Always keep nappy sacks and other plastic bags and wrapping away from babies and young children
  • Never place nappy sacks in a baby's cot or pram.
For further information see this leaflet



9:49am 3rd February 2012

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