Study Advises against Soft Bedding for Infants

Study Advises against Soft Bedding for Infants

As per a research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half-a-billion American parents make their babies sleep on soft bedding. For the study, the researchers evaluated the data from 1933 to 2010 in National Infant Sleep Position Study.

A decline has been witnessed in the use of infant bedding, but around 55% of parents sad that they have put their babies to sleep with blankets, pillows, quilts and other soft objects. All these things increase the risk of suffocation or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

First author Carrie Shapiro-Mendoza of the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention affirmed that parents have good intentions to make their baby sleep in warmth, but blankets, quilts and pillows can increase the baby's risk of SIDS and accidental suffocation.

In 1992, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggested that babies should be put on sleep on their backs and that too without any soft objects, like pillows, blankets, bumpers and toys. In 1994, the US National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and its partners came up with an initiative called, Back to Sleep campaign, which was later renamed Safe to Sleep.

The campaign advised not to use blankets and other covering. As per the campaign organizers, the baby should put to sleep in a one-piece sleeper and the room should be kept at a comfortable temperature.

As per the study researchers, the rate of SIDS in America has declined 50% since 1992. On the other hand, accidental suffocation deaths have increased from 7.0 per every 100,000 live births in 2000 to 15.9 in 2010.

"Bedding use for infant sleep remains common despite recommendations against this practice", affirmed the study researchers. The study has been published in the U. S. journal Pediatrics.

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