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Loose, Soft Infant Bedding Increase SIDS Risk

Bonnie Harp2 years ago

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) remains the chief cause for infant passing, and a new study reveals that accidental sleep-related suffocation due to ill-advised bedding usage is an urgent factor in this statistic.

What is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, often referred to as SIDS, is the unexpected and obscure death of infants under the age of 1 year. Scientists have been searching for answers about the devastating and unpredictable nature of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) for years, and although they have discovered risk reduction, SIDS continues to take approximately 2,500 infants every year in the United States.

Unfortunately, there are rarely symptomatic effects of SIDS, making it difficult to diagnose. Diagnosis is generally a process of exclusion, eliminating all other possible causes of death before confirming a case of SIDS.

SIDS mostly occurs during the ages between 2 and 4 months and will usually take place when the infant is asleep. Risk factors of SIDS include drug use during pregnancy, insufficient prenatal care, premature birth, suffocation from loose bedding and/or sleeping on the stomach.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Infant Bedding

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Center Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the AAP Taskforce have urged parents to heed their warnings about the risks loose and soft infant bedding for the last decade.

However, a study from the Division of Reproductive Health of the Atlanta Center(s) of Disease Control and Prevention has revealed that over 50% of U.S. parents and caregivers continue to use hazardous bedding like soft pillows, cushions, blankets, comforters, etc. despite recommendations against such materials. Although incidents of SIDS has been slowly decreasing in the United States, infant sleep-suffocation has doubled over the past decade.

Loose and soft bedding may result in infant overheating or suffocation.  Researchers have suggested replacing comforters and blankets with infant sleeper clothing and replacing soft surfaces with firm mattresses or cribs. Although it may appear that the child is more comfortable in soft blankets and cushions, these types of bedding should be completely removed from infant sleeping environments.

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