According to a new research, many infants particularly those with a premature birth, are still placed either on sides or on their stomachs while they are sleeping, despite knowing that this actually increases chances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
The US federal government, together with the American Academy of Pediatrics and child advocacy groups has initiated several campaigns over the last few decades emphasizing the need to place the infants on their backs while they are sleeping as long as they are less than a year old, so that SID risk could be minimized.
However, a latest study showed that almost 30% of the infants do not still sleep as recommended.
Dr. Sunah Hwang, the study’s lead author and a neonatologist at South Shore Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital told NBC news that this is a very alarming situation, considering the current fast pace of SIDS, which had remained constant over past several years. Dr. Hwang will be presenting her work on Saturday at an international pediatrics conference to be held in Vancouver.
Furthermore, SIDS is hard to explain even after an autopsy, a review of the medical history, or a detailed analysis of the scene. The syndrome is still the major cause of death in infants with ages less than one year.
Moreover, the government data showed that in US only, more than 2000 infants died in the year 2010 due to SIDS.
However, after the “Back to Sleep” campaign (now known as “Safe to Sleep”), launched some 20 years ago, back sleeping seems to have increased in the US. The data from the National Infant Sleep Position Study showed that it jumped to 72% in the year 2001 which was around 13% in the year 1992.
For more information on the infant’s sleep safety, free informational materials can be ordered from National Institute of Child Health and Human Development here.