Baby Sitters, Relatives Often Unaware of SIDS Risk
[Source: Medical X-Press]
A baby’s risk of death from being placed in an unsafe sleeping position or location is higher when they’re under the care of a babysitter, relative or friend, a new study found.
The finding shows the need for parents to educate anyone who cares for their infants about safe sleep practices and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). In the United States SIDS is the leading cause of death among babies between 1 month and 1 year of age, the researchers said.
They examined more than 10,000 infant deaths and found that 1,375 of them occurred when a parent was not present. In many of those cases, the babies had been placed in unsafe sleep positions, such as on their stomachs, or in unsafe locations, such as an adult bed or a couch.
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