A new study has revealed that many parents are ignoring guidelines and allowing their infants to sleep with extra unnecessary bedding, which puts their babies at additional risk for sudden death.
Researchers from the National Institutes of Health are desperate to get the attention of parents everywhere who are dismissing important guidelines regarding Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, which is better known as SIDS. According to a new study from the NIH, parents — especially first-timers — need to be better informed about the dangers of adding extra blankets and pillows to their infants cribs.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Study Reveals Parents Are Uninformed
SIDS is the worst nightmare of every parent in the world.
Unfortunately, despite the fear parents have of SIDS, they are not as informed as they should be. At least that’s according to a new study by the National Institutes of Health.
So, what’s causing the increased risk of SIDS? Soft bedding, used either over or under the baby, as well as blankets, crib bumpers, soft toys, quits, and pillows.
After polling over 20,000 parents for the past 17 years, the study, released on Monday, Dec. 1, revealed that parents are still using bedding that is too soft for their infants, reports CBS News.
In order to keep your child warm and comfortable, researches suggest parents use one-piece pajamas and keeping the room at an even and comfortable temperature.
However, it is still just as important to remember to put your baby to sleep on their back. This has definitely contributed to the decline of SIDS over the years.
Sharing Beds With An Infant Also Increases Risks
To add to the soft bedding warning, researches also found that one of the most dangerous things an infant — specifically three months old or younger — can do is sleep in a “shared bed.”
This means parents should not be allowing their infants to fall asleep in their beds with them, because it could easily result in the baby suffocating.
Parents looking to find more information and guidelines about the dangers of SIDS and how to avoid a tragic accident can read ChildrensNational.org.
Please make sure you share this study information with any and all parents you know!
— Lauren Cox