Careful parents: Leaving a new-born baby asleep on a couch can be very dangerous. This is confirmed by a recent study in the United States on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
A recent study reports the danger of sudden death in new-born babies. Details below.
“It was shocking that one in eight SIDS deaths and sleep-related deaths in babies occurred on a couch,” said study co-author Dr. Jeffrey Colvin, a pediatrician at Mercy Children’s Hospital, in Kansas City. “No one thinks of the couch as a place where babies sleep. The proportion was much higher than I would have thought.”
According to the study, published in the journal Paediatrics
Most babies who died on couches were three months or younger. In addition, “The new study found that babies who died sleeping on the couch were nearly twice as likely to have died of suffocation or strangulation than babies who died while sleeping elsewhere. Among those babies, 40 percent died from suffocation or strangulation, 36 percent had an undetermined cause of death and 24 percent died from SIDS. “
This conclusion is based on the observation of 7900 newborn deaths in the United States for eight years. The investigation confirmed that “About half of those deaths occurred in an adult bed, and one in five occurred in a crib. But the researchers focused on about one thousand deaths on sofas. “
One of the hypotheses about this subject refers to a neglect of one of the parents when trying to sleep the new-born. Thus, the study notes that “In almost 90 percent of deaths on a couch, the baby shared the couch with an adult. With so little space and the likelihood that the baby had been placed between the adult and back cushions, it’s not hard to imagine that a baby could be suffocated accidentally by adult or pads “.
What is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?
According to the specialized page MedlinePlus, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the sudden and unexpected death of a child under one year of age, without an explainable cause of death.
Sleeping on the bed or in the parents’ bed, being surrounded by cigarette smoke before and after birth, not having the relevant prenatal care, etc. are factors that influence the sudden infant death syndrome.
The good news for parents is that sudden infant death syndrome can be prevented. Some recommendations of the American Academy of Paediatrics are:
- When sleeping the baby, always put it face up.
- Make sure that the baby always sleeps in his or her own crib.
- Keep babies in an environment free from cigarette smoke and at the right temperature.
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