Beacon Transcript – New recommendations suggest that babies sleeping in the same room as their parents may present a lower risk of SIDS.
SIDS, or the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, is a problem which affects up to 3,500 unexpected infants deaths every year in the United States alone.
As the reason for SIDS is as yet unknown, a number of researchers are trying to find a possible cause and are, in the meantime, offering a number of recommendation which should help reduce their number.
The American Academy of Pediatrics released last week a series of guidelines which should help prevent such unwanted incidents. One of the major points touched by the advice target the baby’s sleeping place.
According to a new recommendation, which is also agreed on by specialists advises parents to put their babies to sleep in the same room as theirs.
An infant sleep specialist which works at the Primary Children’s Hospital, Michelle Rigby, declares that this measure might help prevent SIDS.
The risk of such problems is said to have decreased by 50 percent in the cases where the child and its parents shared a room.
The parents can also better notice their baby’s sleeping patterns and hours, which may facilitate night feedings. The guides suggest that the infant should sleep with the parents until they are a year old.
For the past two decades, the guidelines and advice meant to prevent SIDS have suffered a number of changes, but have also always included a number of common elements.
It is believed that babies should not share their beds and, according to the aforementioned Rigby, they should not sleep with an increased or extra number of toys or blankets.
Crib bumpers are also amongst the recommended measures, as is the use of pacifiers and also soft toys or pillows. Breastfeeding is also believed to help prevent SIDS.
SIDS have been observed to mostly affect infants up to the age of six months, so specialists declare that room sharing and not bed-sharing might help decrease the numbers.
Sharing a bed would not help as it was noted that most SIDS and other sleep-related incidents occur after the infant got pinned, entrapped or suffocated, usually because of a too tight blanket.
As the new guidelines were released by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and have also garnered the specialists’ approval, all hopes are that they will help prevent SIDS and lower the number of unexpected infant problems.
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