SIDS study a wake-up call for mums
Hospital staff and new mothers need to be educated on the safest sleep position for babies, according to a study.
It involved an audit of infant sleeping positions on the postnatal ward of Galway University Hospital.
Numerous risk factors for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) have been identified including: prone sleeping position and bed sharing.
HSE guidelines state that infants should be put to sleep on their backs, in a cot in the same room as their parents. A total of four out of 290 newborns in the audit were in a prone position (tummy down) to sleep, which is associated with the highest risk of SIDS.
However, 73 out of 290 slept on their sides for a portion of the night. While not as dangerous as prone sleeping, this is still not regarded as safe.
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