Swaddling infants during sleep has been found to increase the risk of dying from SIDS especially if they lying on their stomachs. Swaddling is the wrapping of an infant in a blanket or cloth with the hands inside but the head exposed.
The new study found that swaddling a baby can be risky and was associated with a 50 to 60 percent likelihood of dying from SIDS. The risk is even higher when the babies are placed on their stomachs when being put to sleep.
The risk of SIDS also increased as the babies approached six months of age since the babies can roll over by themselves, according to Dr. Rachel Moon, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Virginia School Of Medicine.
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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
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