Thousands of babies are still dying of SIDS even after the initiative was made to have children sleep on their backs. A new report explains the risks.
In 1994, the Back to Sleep campaign launched so that parents could stop putting their babies to sleep on their stomachs. The campaign was a success, but there are still more than two thousand babies dying each year in the U.S alone, according to Time.
According to research, although parents are now aware that a baby sleeping on his or her stomach is dangerous, there are other Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) risk factors. In a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, risk factors have changed over the years. Between 1991 and 2008, the rate of bed-sharing between parents and their babies doubled, which is dangerous to a small child who can easily suffocate from all the fluffy pillows and blankets.
Also there are other risk factors that the Back to Sleep campaign does not stress and according to Henry Krous, a pediatric pathologist and director of the San Diego SIDS Research Project at Rady Children’s Hospital, haven’t decreased.
“Most babies had two or more risk factors,” says Krous. “What that says to us is that Back to Sleep should emphasize multiple risk factors.”
Such risk not only include co-sleeping, which had a controversial campaigns launched in the past showing babies sleeping in adult beds with butcher knives, being born prematurely, being male, prenatal exposure to alcohol or cigarettes, over-bundling a baby or tucking a child in with a cozy quilt.
Even though the Back to Sleep campaign needs improvement, it’s main purpose is to help educate parents on the safety of their babies, yet sadly 30% of babies are still being put to bed on their stomachs.
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