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Get informed on swaddling and get ready for parenthood.
Any parent of a 0-12 month old infant may be concerned about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Are there ways to prevent SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths like suffocation or strangulation? Yes. New data supports the link between swaddling infants in a blanket or cloth and SIDS.
"I did it with my kids and they turned out fine," you may hear. Or, "it's not risky if you do it right." As a new parent, you probably have a lot of questions. Friends and family usually offer a great deal of advice, some good and some questionable. It's important to remember that ideas, opinions, information and medical knowledge all change.
Swaddling a baby for sleep increases their risk of suffocation, respiratory infections, hip dysplasia and overheating. Recent studies show swaddling can increase the risk of SIDS by about one-third and that swaddling nearly doubled the risk of death for children who were swaddled and slept on their stomachs and sides.
Swaddling babies is dangerous for several reasons:
To keep baby warm, try using a sleep sack, which allows for free movement of the hips. Let the baby keep their hands near their face. Remove when breastfeeding so you and your baby can benefit from skin to skin contact.
Cook Children's pediatricians are here to offer additional resources and practical advice to keep you informed and your baby safe. We're with you every question of the way.
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