Study Says Most Parents Putting Babies To Bed Incorrectly, Increasing Risk For SIDS

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A new study reveals that despite countless warnings parents continue to put their babies to sleep in deadly positions, increasing risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports nearly 3,500 infants die suddenly each year. Campaigns like “Back to Sleep” trains parents on the correct way to put their babies to sleep and shares the dangers of having blankets, pillows, and bumpers in the crib with baby. And, anywhere from 14 percent to one-third of babies were placed on their bellies or sides to sleep, rather than on their backs.Swaddling can also increase risk for SIDS.

“One could be parents’ lack of knowledge,” said senior researcher Dr. Ian Paul, a professor of pediatrics at Penn State College of Medicine. “One could be parents thinking this [SIDS] won’t happen to them. And then there’s the fact that parents of young infants are exhausted.”

The study, published in Pediatrics, used cameras to record the practices of parents. Most parents surveyed exercised deadly practices that increases the risk for SIDS.

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