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Infant swaddling for sleep associated with sudden infant death syndrome.

Press release issued: 9 May 2016

The risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) appears to increase when infants are swaddled while sleeping on their stomachs or sides, new research has found.

Swaddling is a traditional practice of wrapping infants to promote calming and sleep. Although the benefits and risks of swaddling in general have been studied, the practice in relation to sudden infant death syndrome remains unclear, reports Dr Anna Pease in her paper: Swaddling and the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: A Meta-analysis, published in Pediatrics, May 2016.

Dr Pease said: “On a practical level what parents should take away from this is that if they choose to swaddle their babies for sleep, always place them on their back, and think about when to stop swaddling for sleep as their babies get older and more able to move."


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