STATES CHRONICLE – Health officials worldwide have been trying for quite a long time to teach new parents how to take care of their babies, and to promote the optimal sleeping position for them. This means babies should sleep on their back, and not on their side or stomach. However, new research shows most American mothers don’t put babies to sleep how they should.
Women intend to choose the right sleeping position for the babies, but don’t always do so
Many babies suffer the sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), which happens most of the time when they don’t sleep on their back. Also, mothers should keep the babies in the same room as them, but not share the same bed. In the end, they should also avoid putting the infants to sleep on soft materials which might end up strangling them.
However, a recent study shows how mothers fail to understand how important a good sleeping position is for the baby. The results, published in the journal Pediatrics, present only 43.7 percent of women who know how they should put their baby to sleep and who actually do so.
For the study, researchers interviewed 3,297 mothers with babies aged from 2 to 6 months. They questioned the mother regarding their sleeping position of choice, and why they opted for it instead of others. Most mothers intended to put babies to sleep on their back, but not all stuck with this position in the end.
Women let the babies choose the most comfortable position
Also, researchers discovered a gap between African American mothers and white mothers. These women use the right sleeping position for their babies the least, explaining the high mortality rate among black babies.
The most interesting thing about this study was the reason behind these unhealthy sleeping options. Many mothers felt it wasn’t up to them to decide how the baby should sleep, and thought it would decide which was the most comfortable sleeping position by itself. These women were the most likely to put the baby on its stomach, increasing the risk of SIDS.
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