Accidental Infant Deaths Blamed On Suffocation In Bed

infant deathsAccording to new study reports, although the rate of sudden infant death syndrome in US has declined, the rate of infant deaths from suffocation in bed has increased by four times.

Death due to accidental suffocation in bed is most common among black boys younger than 4 months.

According to Carrie K. Shapiro-Mendoza, an epidemiologist in the division of reproductive health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, study author “The safest sleeping environment for a newborn is one that is close to parent and on a separate sleep surface.

Infants should always be positioned to sleep on their back on firm mattress and also it is very important to ensure that the sleep surface is free from too many pillows, comforters, stuffed animals and also quilts”.

Dr. Thomas G. DeWitt, director of the division of general and community pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center says, “The actual concern for infant death has as much to do with parental behavior.

If you are on a medication or if you are a deep sound sleeper or if you have drinking habit, then it is absolutely bad and unsafe idea to have your newborn in your bed along with you”.

Read more at HealthDay

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