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Safe Rest Practices for Infants made Readily Available to New Parents through Emails and Texts!

The prescribed safe sleep practices can decrease the risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID)

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Safe rest practices for babies. Pixabay

New Delhi, August 8, 2017: A group of researchers has discovered that a recent educational intercession conveyed as emails and texts can help you adhere to safe rest practices for babies.

Researchers at Boston University schools of medicine and the Yale, University of Virginia tested two distinct varieties of educational interventions. The first one is a complimentary program wherein nurses educate inexperienced parents and guardians about safe rest practices for babies while they are still in the doctor’s facility – did not only significantly affect guardians’ adherence to prescribed safe rest propensities.

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The second meditation which is a versatile program of instructive recordings and messages, altogether enhanced the guardians’ adherence to best-practices for safe baby rest.

The following prescribed safe sleep and rest practices can decrease the chances of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID). The prescribed safe rest practices included in this study are: placing the baby on its back instead of its sides or stomach; keeping it in the same room with the mother but avoiding the same bed; not using soft bedding that could suffocate or strangle them; and make use of pacifiers, which is known to reduce the risk of SIDS, mentioned ANI report.

“We’d been looking at the prevalence of safe sleep practices for a long time,” said researcher Eve Colson, “and I had been getting really energized about doing a study that takes what we know about safe sleep prevalence and tests an intervention that might help improve the adherence to the ‘gold standard’ safe sleep practices.”


As per this study, mobile videos for keeping inexperienced parents aware of safe baby sleep practices attained rates of 92.5% for sleeping on the back and 85.9% for sharing the room but not the bed, two of the crucial steps towards a decrease in SUID. These numbers are much greater than the ones for the group which got only the in-hospital intervention on safe practices for sleeping and are also greater than rates attained by interventions which were tested in foregoing research.

Although public can’t access this mobile intervention yet, Colson said, talking to new parents, “Don’t give up on what you are taught to do in the hospital. Many hospitals are already role-modelling the right thing. Keep following the safe sleep practices they show you that are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.”

The study is shown in Journal of the American Medical Association.

– prepared by Harsimran Kaur of NewsGram. Twitter @Hkaur1025

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Sleeping Beside your New-Born Baby can cause Cot Death, say Researchers

New-born babies should be put to bed in the same bedroom as their parents but not on the same bed for the first year of their life

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October 24, 2016: New-born babies should be put to bed in the same bedroom as their parents but not on the same bed for the first year of their life. They should be laid on a separate surface or a crib as this may help avoid cot death among infants, researchers have suggested.

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“Parents should never place the baby on a sofa, couch, or cushioned chair, either alone or sleeping with another person. These surfaces are extremely hazardous,” said lead author Rachel Moon from the University of Virginia in the US.

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as cot death or crib death, is the sudden unexplained death of a child less than one year of age.

“We know that parents may be overwhelmed with a new baby in the home, and we want to provide them with clear and simple guidance on how and where to put their infant to sleep,” Moon added, in a new policy statement released by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Explaining how to create a safe sleep environment for babies, child health experts recommended skin-to-skin care regardless of feeding or delivery method, immediately following birth for at least an hour as soon as the mother is medically stable and awake.

While infants are at heightened risk for SIDS between the ages one and four months, new evidence shows that soft bedding continues to pose hazards to babies who are four months and older.

Thus, after feeding, parents should move the baby to his or her separate sleeping space, preferably a crib or bassinet in the parents’ bedroom.

“There should be no pillows, sheets, blankets or other items that could obstruct the infant’s breathing or cause overheating,” noted Lori Feldman-Winter, Professor at Cooper University Hospital in New Jersey, US.

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“If you are feeding your baby and think that there’s even the slightest possibility that you may fall asleep, feed your baby on your bed, rather than a sofa or cushioned chair,” Feldman-Winter suggested in the report published online in the journal Pediatrics. (IANS)