Accidental infant death and stroller-prams

Med J Aust. 1996 Aug 5;165(3):140-1. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.1996.tb124887.x.


A three-month-old boy and an eight-month-old boy died from accidental positional asphyxia and hanging, respectively, after being placed to sleep unsupervised in stroller-prams. Both infants had moved down towards the fronts of the stroller-prams. The younger infant fell out when the footplate collapsed and he was found hanging from a metal bar on the side. The older infant had partly slipped through the front and was suspended with his head and arms within the stroller-pram and with his face pushed firmly into the mattress by a horizontal metal bar. Stroller-prams are a potentially dangerous sleeping environment unless infants are closely supervised, gaps in the front of stroller-prams closed and upright footplates stabilised.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Airway Obstruction / etiology*
  • Asphyxia / etiology*
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Equipment / adverse effects*
  • Male