The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a new set of rules regarding newborns’ safety. Parents and babies should sleep in the same room for at least the first six months of their life, as the new guidelines state. However, children should still have their own bed.
The new regulations from pediatricians are meant to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. The condition can occur while babies are sleeping and can be caused by inconveniences during sleep. By keeping the children in their bedroom, parents can keep good watch over them, and make sure they have a healthy, sound sleep.
There are several advantages of parents and babies sharing the same room at night, as health experts suggest. First of all, parents don’t have to go to another room when they want to check on their baby. If the child is crying, it is also easier for parents to help him or her. They can also reach the baby easier, and feeding is also facilitated.
The recently issued guidelines state that such a habit prevents the risk of sudden infant death syndrome by fifty percent. The specialists explain that babies should sleep in their parents’ room for six to twelve months. However, by no means should they sleep in the same bed as the adults, as pediatricians warn.
Health experts also advise parents to place the babies on their back when they put them to sleep. Their sleep position is extremely important for the quality of their sleep and their safety, as specialists stress. Resting on their back is the most recommended position for babies in order to avoid the sudden infant death syndrome.
Some of the old guidelines from health specialists and pediatricians are still valid. They say that babies shouldn’t be tucked in extra blankets as they could suffocate during sleep. Additional pillows are also a problem. Neither soft or hard toys should be placed in the babies’ cribs when they are put to sleep, as the objects can cause injuries and expose the children to health risks.
The specialists explain that the first six months of life are crucial for babies. This is the period when they are highly exposed to the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. By having the babies’ crib in the same room, parents can easily intervene at the slightest sign that something can go wrong.
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