Sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS is a condition on which doctors still have to investigate, but new research shows that parents are not paying as much attention as they should to doctors’ advice. This is the cause of death of apparently healthy babies, who are not well-taken care after by their parents. A new research tries to raise awareness on that, once more.
The new study points out that the way a baby sleeps and the way he or she is put to bed is crucial for the development of his or hers health and even life. Pediatricians advise that babies should be placed in their cribs only on their backs, with no other pillows or toys which can make them uncomfortable during sleep. This new experiment showed that parents disobey doctors, by placing other objects in their babies’ beds and by putting them to sleep in the wrong positions.
Previous studies have been relying on interviews and surveys, questioning parents about the sleep habits of their newborns. This new study was actually based on videos made in the families’ houses, with the parents’ approval, obviously. So doctors could take a closer look at both parents’ and babies’ habits at bedtime.
Pediatrician Ian Paul (Penn State College of Medicine) was the leader of the study. He thinks that parents are the number one factor in their babies’ health status. He talks about the causes of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS):
“One could be parents’ lack of knowledge. 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. “
Sometimes, it is not actually lack of knowledge. Any parent wants for their babies to sleep well and comfortable, and, at times, out of too much care, they tend to cram their cribs with objects that, in the end, might do more harm than good to the little ones.
Also, doctors are against bumper pads, which can actually cause suffocation rather than helping your baby sleep safe and sound. They are also against babies sleeping in the same bed as the parents, although the study reveals that many couples do it. Parents obey doctors more when the baby is just a few months old, but after six months of age, they tend to break the rules.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention informs people that there are 3,500 sudden infant death syndrome cases per year in the United States.
The study was published in Pediatrics, on Monday.
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