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Pediatrics: Unsafe Baby Sleep Positions Still Problem for Many

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By    |   Tuesday, 16 Aug 2016 01:20 PM

Many parents put their babies to sleep in unsafe sleep positions that raise the risk of injury or death, according to a new study released Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The study reviewed video recordings in family homes of healthy, full-term newborns at 1, 3, and 6 months. The study revealed that most parents placed their infants in sleep environments with risk factors such as non-recommended sleep surfaces (10-21 percent), loose items on their sleep surfaces (87-93 percent) and positions other than on their backs (14-33 percent).

Sleep-related deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) as well as accidental suffocation and strangulation, are the most common cause of death among infants, USA Today reported.

When babies are moved during the night, they are often put back to bed in even riskier positions than at the start of the night, the study revealed.

"Is it that people are frustrated?" Elizabeth Murray, a pediatrician at Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester, wondered to USA Today. "What’s going on in the middle of the night that’s making people change what they are doing?"

AAP began in 1992 recommending that babies be placed on their backs for sleep. The organization followed with recommendations against loose items such as blankets, pillows, stuffed animals bumper pads and sleep positioners.

About 3,500 infants die suddenly each year for no apparent reason, and most of those deaths are classified as SIDS, HealthDay reported. While SIDS isn't completely understood, sleep environment is a key factor.

Senior researcher Dr. Ian Paul, a professor of pediatrics at Penn State College of Medicine, called the study's findings "disturbing," adding that possible explanations could include "parents' lack of knowledge," "parents thinking this [SIDS] won't happen to them," and "the fact that parents of young infants are exhausted."

Most parents in the study were college graduates, raising the possibility that risky sleep patterns could be greater among a broader population, Reuters noted.

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