Saturday, September 3, 2016

Is your baby sleeping the right way?

Is your baby sleeping the right way?
Many parents and caregivers are still placing babies in unsafe sleeping environments, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Photo: TNS
Many parents and caregivers are placing babies in unsafe sleeping environments associated with increased risks of death. That’s according to a new report released by the American Academy of Paediatrics.
“This study points out what many of us fear. Parents are failing to take the necessary steps to prevent sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS,” says Mayo Clinic paediatrician Dr Robert Jacobson.
Jacobson says he supports the study’s recommendations. “Babies need to be placed on the back for every nap and every night until the baby is one year old,” he says.
“No blankets, no bumpers, no pillows, no stuffy animals, but always on a firm, authentic baby crib mattress.”
Other studies have relied on self-reported surveys or police reports after an infant’s death but this report incorporated video recordings which provide a window into parental behaviour during the night.

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For the study, “Nocturnal Video Assessment of Infant Sleep Environments,” in the September 2016 Pediatrics (published online Aug 15), researchers video-recorded infants at ages one, three and six months within family homes.
Most parents, even when aware of being recorded, placed the infants in environments with established risk factors for sleep-related infant deaths, including positioning the children on their sides or stomachs; soft sleep surface; loose bedding; or bed-sharing. — Mayo Clinic News Network/Tribune News Service