According to a new scientific study, some baby sleeping positions are risking their lives. The number of infants who die due to such accidents is still high despite education campaigns and extensive guidance from health care providers.
The American Academy of Pediatrics released a report on Monday. The paper concludes that parents are still engaging in the perilous behavior, putting their children in danger due to negligence. The study is one-of—kind due to the fact that it relies on parental behavior caught on video and not self-reported surveys.
Scientists asked parents with children that were one month of age to allow them to record their parenting behavior for one night at the one, three, and six months mark.
The sample contained over 160 babies. Some parents decided to drop their participation before the baby reached the third mark.
It seems that across the three marks, 10 to 21 percent of infants were placed on a dangerous sleep surface, 14 to 33 percent did not have a recommended position, and a whopping 87 to 93 percent were surrounded by hazardous objects.
After careful analysis, the researchers discovered that a vast majority of parents position their newborns in unsafe sleeping positions. For example, a high percentage of the studied sample of babies were placed on their stomach, or were placed on soft sleep surfaces, shared their bed with one of the parents, and were exposed to loose bedding.
According to the data emitted by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, sleep-related deaths in infants are the most common death causes for children with ages ranging from a month to one year.
SIDS, bed strangulation, and accidental suffocation are among the most frequent death causes in children with ages of one year and less.
Doctors recommend parents to avoid placing things like stuffed animals, loose blankets, bumper pads, sleep positioners, and pillows in the baby’s crib or on their bed if they share it with the infant.
What is even more disconcerting is the fact that the majority of families that participated in the study were educated, individuals. Scientifically speaking, this group should have presented low risk as they have extended access to knowledge and advice.
What do you think about the dangerous baby sleeping positions that are risking the lives of infants?
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