Thursday 26 April 2018

SIDS study a wake-up call for mums

Baby sleeping on their back is less prone to SIDS
Baby sleeping on their back is less prone to SIDS

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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