Sigh, many parents still aren’t following #1 rule

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We’ve been instructed for 23 years to at all times put infants to sleep on their backs. But extremely many mothers still aren’t heeding that recommendation, new analysis suggests.

Placing your child to sleep on her again is the number one method to assist cut back her danger of dying unexpectedly and inexplicably in her sleep, a tragedy generally known as sudden toddler demise syndrome (SIDS), in addition to from suffocation and strangulation in mattress. Well being authorities have been urging parents to comply with this fundamental rule since 1994, when the federal government launched the “Again to Sleep” marketing campaign.

Quick ahead to right now and the speed of SIDS has declined considerably, all the way down to about three,700 circumstances in 2015. However the tempo of decline has leveled off. May it’s as a result of parents aren’t constantly following the Again to Sleep precept?

For the just-published examine within the journal Pediatrics, researchers surveyed greater than three,000 mothers with infants between 2 months and 6 months previous. They requested the mothers what place they put their infants to sleep in, and the way often they put them in that place.

It’s disheartening to learn that solely 43 p.c of the mothers – lower than half – mentioned they put their infants to sleep on their backs on a regular basis. Simply over three quarters of the mothers mentioned they put their infants to sleep on their backs “often,” however many mothers additionally let their infants sleep on their tummies and sides.


Precisely why the Again to Sleep message isn’t getting by way of to everyone seems to be unclear. The researchers seen that African Individuals and ladies with out a highschool diploma had been extra prone to put their infants on their tummies than mothers of different ethnicities and people with greater training ranges. Some mothers additionally reported feeling they didn’t have management over how their infants had been put to sleep, maybe due to cultural pressures or as a result of family members or different caregivers had been taking care of the child.

The examine relied on mothers’ personal reporting, so the numbers could possibly be a little bit off. But it surely’s fairly clear the Again to Sleep messengers still have work to do. Docs can assist by constantly telling parents the proper method to put their toddler to sleep (ladies within the examine who acquired this sort of enter had been extra prone to comply with it).

In the meantime, you may keep away from being a part of the issue by brushing up on learn how to cut back your child’s danger of SIDS.

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