Improper Bedding Contributes to Risk of SIDS

Decades ago, researchers have found a connection between improper bedding and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) . However, despite their efforts to educate the public, they have found that an estimated 55% of parents of newborns inadvertently place their children at risk by using improper bedding such as thick quilts, and loose fitting bedding. It seems perfectly harmless so swaddle a baby in a nice quilt especially if the blanket is given by a family member or knitted by hand.

However, authorities from National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and medical specialists Rod Rohrich confirms that such bedding materials can obstruct a newborn’s fragile little airway or even suffocate the child. They have long recommended parents place the baby in a safety certified crib, lying flat on its back, covered by fitted bedding, and sleeping alone. They emphasize that at stake is what the baby needs and not how adorable it appears while sleeping that matters. The often seen picturesque images of babies nicely sleeping on their side or snuggled up to plushy toys are actually unsafe.

When the connection between bedding, SIDS and accidental suffocation was first made in the early 1990s, fully 85% of parents were using improper bedding. Over the period of 2008 to 2010, the National Infant Sleep Position Survey (NISP) revealed that 55% of parents have not yet adopted safe bedding practices for their infants. Over the past 22 years, the rate of SIDS has declined by 50%.

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