Unsafe Sleeping Positions

Posted on Aug 15, 2016

example of a safe infant sleeping position

I thought I would highlight a new study about sleeping positions of infants since it is something we have just dealt with in the practice. Just last week we had an infant in our practice who died due to co-sleeping. I continue to see much online advice advocating co-sleeping. People who try to tell you that it isn’t dangerous just simply don’t know what they are talking about. As a parent of 3-children I know that safe sleep practices are not always the most convenient with infants, but it is very important…

– Dr. Wilson

Click HERE for a USA Today article about the study.

A study of video-recorded infant sleep patterns found that most parents placed their babies in unsafe sleep environments associated with increased risks of death. For the study, “Nocturnal Video Assessment of Infant Sleep Environments,” in the September 2016 Pediatrics (published online Aug. 15), researchers video-recorded infants at ages 1, 3 and 6 months within family homes. Most parents, even when aware of being recorded, placed the infants in environments with established risk factors for sleep-related infant deaths, including positioning the children on their sides or stomachs; soft sleep surface; loose bedding; or bed-sharing.

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