Nappy sacks

/ 22 March 2018

Retailers across the UK are being urged to include warning labels on the packaging of their disposable nappy sacks to prevent the increase in deaths of young children. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has revealed that since 2001, 17 babies have died after suffocating on the plastic sacks. Disposable nappy sacks are often found loose in changing bags, buggies or by a baby’s cot, which can be fatal if they end up in the wrong hands.

Beth Amison shares her very difficult story with Do The Right Thing, to warn of these potential dangers and devastating effects. Five years ago, Beth found her son Maison in his cot surrounded by nappy bags. He was rushed to hospital, where sadly he died. Maison had suffocated on a nappy sack; he was just seven months old. Beth says: ‘I urge all parents, grandparents and carers to think twice about the possible dangers before they become a problem. Be aware of the risks. Are there nappy sacks in reach? Are nappy sacks in a zipped changing bag? Whatever happens, don’t have the attitude that “it won’t happen to me”, because when tragedy strikes, it leaves you heartbroken forever’.
Beth has been working closely with RoSPA, who have developed new guidelines for retailers, in partnership with the British Retail Consortium, to help reduce the risks associated with using nappy sacks. This includes the inclusion of warning labels on packaging to alert parents and carers to their potentially deadly dangers. Although, at present, there are warnings on nappy sacks packaging, they are very small and often unnoticeable.

Do The Right Thing wanted to help Beth and RoSPA raise awareness on these fatal dangers, so we contacted manufacturers asking if these warnings could be made more prominent and eye-catching on their packaging. Morrisons, Co-op, Waitrose, Aldi, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Boots and Mothercare have all agreed to add clearer warnings on their nappy sacks in the next few months, which will hopefully help prevent tragic deaths like Maison’s happening again.

For further information on nappy sacks and their potential dangers, please visit: https://www.rospa.com/campaigns-fundraising/current/nappy-sacks/