Keep infants away from bedding

sleeping babyDespite the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation for babies to sleep in a crib with no loose bedding or soft objects, about half of babies are put to bed with hazardous bedding, according to a study highlighted in the January 2015 issue of Pediatrics.

The study, “Trends in Infant Bedding Use: National Infant Sleep Position Study, 1993-2010,” investigated bedding use from 1993 to 2010 from the National Infant Sleep Position study.

Bedding and soft objects are discouraged because they pose a suffocation risk and are a risk factor in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

From 1993 to 2010, bedding use declined but was found to be most common for infants with teen mothers (83.5%). The study noted prevalence also was most common with infants who slept in adult beds, were placed to sleep on their sides and stomach, or shared a sleep surface.

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