Safe Beds for Small Birth of New Born?

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Most new Daddy and Mommy must have a time when the Little One can only fall asleep for a while. Mommy and Daddy must have tried so many ways to make the sleep duration of the Little One lasts a long time, one of them is the prone sleeping position. When compared with the position on the back, the Little One likes the prone sleeping position better because he/she will not easily wake up. Sleep is more soundly.

However, for a certain age (1-4 months) prone sleeping posture can be life-threatening. Sleeping on the stomach increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). What is SIDS?

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is known as the leading cause of infant mortality between 1 month to 1 year old. Why should babies not sleep on their stomachs? Here's why:

  • Parents.com launches that one of the reason for SIDS to happen is because the Little One still can not respond to danger quickly. The baby has not been able to awaken himself/herself while having difficulty breathing.
  • The stomach makes the oxygen that the Little One gets is decreased. This is because he still uses breathing with the abdomen.
  • The prone sleeping position can make the Little One inhales back the air that he/she exhales out.

Is it just the prone position on the stomach that’s forbidden, what about the sloping bed position? The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend sloping sleeping positions for infants under the age of 6 months. It risks the baby for rolling and then sleeping with his/her stomach. The best sleeping position for your Little One under 6 months is to sleep on his/her back.

As soon as the Little One can change his/her position from back to prone  and vice versa, usually at age 6 months, he/she will no longer sleep in one position only. Mommy need not to be worried, let him/her choose the most comfortable position for him/her to sleep. But it's good that when the Little One is asleep, Mommy can check his/her condition periodically. Avoid using mattresses that are too soft. Do not put things close to bed, such as extra pillows or dolls. Certain sleeping positions can make a pillow or doll accidentally close the airway.

Putting your Little One in a safe and comfortable position is very important. Sleep quality will support the process of growth and development to be optimal.

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