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Recommended sleeping positions for infants.

The dreaded SID (Sudden Infant Syndrome) has caused alarm to parents worldwide. This also moved medical experts to look closely into the sleeping habits of infants. For the longest time, it is believed that the best position for babies is to sleep on their stomach. This is actually not the case. Modern studies attested that sleeping in this position could cause some medical issues since the infant’s mouth and nose, which are the vital organs for proper airflow, are somehow blocked because their heads are faced down.

Since 1992 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly recommends that babies should sleep on their backs. Recent studies show that the instances of SID’s are reduced by almost 50% once parents are advised to change their baby’s sleeping position from sleeping on their stomach to sleeping on their backs or side.

Suffocation is a possibility when a baby sleeps on his stomach. Some babies have weak neck muscles and once they turn their heads, it may cause them to suffocate. It would be better if babies were allowed to sleep on their backs. It is important to keep their face up and not faced down.

Sleeping on one’s back can cause some minor discomfort for babies. During their sleep, they may have some involuntary reflexes that can startle them and cause them to wake up in the middle of the night. To prevent this, you can swaddle them with a blanket. Just make sure to wrap them properly and avoid covering their face.

A good sleeping position ensures your baby a good night’s sleep and help prevent the chances of SID. In addition to this, quality beddings could also promote good sleep. Choose a mattress that is firm and avoid putting in stuffed toys in your baby’s sleeping area. Unnecessary stuff in their bed, like toys, is a hazard. Babies tend to move at night, and when they do, these things can go to their face and block their airways. As a safety precaution, it is also recommended to use sleepers instead of blankets.

It may not be always possible to watch your child during his sleep. This is why it is important to ensure that his bed is safe for them to sleep on. Always practice proper sleeping positions for your baby as this doesn’t only make up for a good rest for them but can ensure that they are in great health.
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