BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - What’s cuter than a baby being curled up and fast asleep?
Nothing, really, and that is why most advertisers use photographs of infants curled up in a pastel colored blanket, next to a stuffed animal.
But, according to guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the safest way for a baby to sleep is on their back—not curled up on their sides or stomachs.
(Read ‘Why Back is Best’, Here: http://bit.ly/16hHDKp)
A study in Pediatrics said that more than one-third of images depicted sleeping infants in popular magazines showed the baby in a dangerous position. The study consisted of researchers examining hundreds of photos in several magazines and then rating the safety of the infants’ sleep position, based on the guidelines from the AAP.
By allowing the baby to sleep in a dangerous position—either on their side or stomach—there is a heightened risk for SIDS, according to the AAP. The AAP also said that by allowing them to sleep with soft or loose bedding, the risk of SIDS is increased even more.
SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the sudden death of an infant less than one year of age that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted, including an autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review or the clinical history.
According to the CDC, SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants aged 1-12 months and is the third leading cause overall of infant mortality in the United States.
The Kern County Sheriff's Office said there has been 25 infant deaths in Kern County since January 1, 2013, and although all of these deaths weren't a factor of SIDS, several of them were. Last year at this time, there were 23 total infant deaths.
(To read more on the AAP’s ‘Reduce the Risk of SIDS’ tips, go here: http://www.healthychildren.org/english/ages-stages/baby/sleep/pages/Preventing-SIDS.aspx)