Yes, this is really shocking! A recent study has discovered that many parents are still putting babies in sleeping positions that might threaten their lives. Yes, and the researchers have alsofound that many parents also put dangerous objects in their children’s crib, which might cause sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Just take a look at the article below and find out more about this!
First, you should know that this investigation was conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), with the objective of determining whether parents put their youngsters to sleep in the right sleeping position – in order to avoid SIDS. And, since 1992 the AAP has warned parents about sleeping positions, due to the high rates of SIDS and although those numbers have lowered it is still one of the leading causes of babies’ deaths.
According to the latest statistics, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the experts say that the accidental children suffocation and strangulation numbers have increased in the last few years! In 2014, the statistics had the highest peak. This research was based on night footage of Pennsylvania babies sleeping, the infant’s ages were three months, six months and one year respectively. The parents were (in most cases) married couples, and most of them had college degrees.
Unfortunately, even when parents know they’re being watched, they still put babies to sleep in unsafe ways that are linked to an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The experts have analyzed nighttime video recordings taken in family homes when babies were 1 month, 3 months and 6 months old. And, on camera, the vast majority of infants were sleeping in an unsafe position or surrounded by items that increase the risk of SIDS like pillows, loose bedding, stuffed animals and crib bumpers, the study found.
And, unfortunately, among the 160 one-month-olds recorded for the current study, 21 percent were put to sleep on unsafe surfaces, 14 percent weren’t on their backs and 91 percent had loose items like stuffed animals and pillows, researchers report in Pediatrics. Of the 151 babies recorded at three months of age, 10 percent were put to sleep on unsafe surfaces, 18 percent weren’t on their backs and 87 percent had unsafe items like crib bumpers or blankets. By age 6 months, 12 percent of the 147 infants still in the study were put down on unsafe surfaces, 33 percent weren’t on their backs and 93 percent had unsafe items with them in bed.The researchers have also found that when parents moved babies during the night, they were even less likely to be on their back in the next place they slept.
The senior study author Dr. Ian Paul of Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania, said:
“SIDS is not that rare; about 3,500 babies die of sudden unexplained infant deaths each year in the US.Given that these are preventable deaths; this severe risk is notable. Just go into any Babies ‘R’ Us and you’ll see totally unsafe sleep environments with bumpers and sleep positioners, parents are getting mixed messages”
According to the latest statistics, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, SIDS kills about four babies out of every 10,000 live births (nationwide), down from about 130 in 10,000 in 1990. Despite the dramatic decline in death from SIDS since 1992, when the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced that babies should be placed on their backs to sleep, SIDS remains a leading cause of infant mortality.
Note: in order to prevent SIDS, the AAP also encourages breastfeeding, pacifier use and firm crib mattresses while advising against blankets, pillows and bed-sharing. We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank you and have a good one!