This is SO scary! Sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, can be linked to swaddling a baby, according to a new study. And while the technique has become immensely popular as a way to keep an infant comfortable, this recent news comes as a HUGE shock — and concern — for parents!
Swaddling a baby — a traditional way of wrapping an infant in a cloth or light blanket, with only the head sticking out — is believed to create a calmer child who sleeps better. But, according to new research, the practice might actually be deadly! In fact, swaddled babies placed on their side or stomach are reportedly TWICE as likely to die from SIDS than non-swaddled babies in the same position. How awful!
“Babies who were swaddled were 50 to 60 percent more likely to die of SIDS,” revealed lead researcher Dr. Rachel Moon, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. It was Rachel’s team that analyzed the results of four previously published studies dealing with SIDS that spanned two decades and took place all around the world. And while the overall SIDS risk was increased with swaddling, the risk was even GREATER when swaddled babies were placed on their stomachs to sleep.
The swaddled infants, compared to those not swaddled, had about 13 times the risk of dying from SIDS — SO terrible! The risk for SIDS also increased as infants approached six months of age because starting at four months, most babies start rolling over by themselves. However, Rachel stated to CBS News that she couldn’t explain the link, and the study could not prove a direct cause-and-effect relationship between swaddling and an increased risk of SIDS.
Slightly confusing, right? Basically, the findings seemed to support current medical advice to avoid placing infants on their stomach or side to sleep. “The take-home messages are, if the baby is getting old enough where they can roll, they shouldn’t be swaddled,” Rachel concluded. “And they shouldn’t sleep on their stomachs or sides.”
“I normally don’t recommend swaddling to put them to sleep for the night,” added Dr. Gloria Riefkohl, a pediatrician at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami. “I think swaddling should be done [only with observation]. Any swaddling should be done with the baby in your arms, or [while] observing the baby.”
What do you think of this new study, HollywoodLifers? Are you shocked?