Babies sleep in different positions. Sleeping in
the same position can cause flat head. Sleeping on the tummies can be a cause
of SIDS. Which is the best sleeping position? Read on to know.
What is the best sleeping position for my
Initially, doctors used to
recommend making babies sleep on their tummies to reduce the risk of their
choking on spit. Some recent studies have shown that there is an increased risk
of cot death or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), when babies sleep on their
tummies. Thus, doctors now recommend that babies be made to sleep on their
backs or sides. Once your baby can turn over on her own, this point is moot
because she will settle down in whatever position is most comfortable for
How to prevent sudden infant death
syndrome or SIDS?
Here are some
useful tips that can help avert dangerous conditions like sudden infant death
syndrome or SIDS. Let us first look into the conditions that increase risk
Babies sleeping on their
Babies sleeping on too soft
surfaces like lamb's wool, sofa, pillows, soft toys and soft mattress when you
are not around.
Conditions when bedding covers
face of the baby resulting in accidental suffocation or too much of
In case you are into the habit of
smoking since pregnancy or after
Following good sleeping practices can help reduce chances
of SIDS among children.
Here are some good sleeping practices that
you need to follow to ensure the risk factors are reduced to the minimum. Take
You need to make sure your baby is
lying on her back. Even if she rolls over in the bed, make sure she is on her
back when she is asleep.
The chances of vomiting and
chocking also reduce when you put her on her back. Pillows, doonas, soft toys
only increase chances of suffocation and thus must be kept away from the
Your baby's head must not be covered when she is
sleeping. The bedsheets of her bed must be tucked well, so that it does not
cover her head accidentally.
Co-sleeping with your baby until
she turns 1-year-old is important. It is a good idea to have her cot placed
beside your bed when she is too young.
If you are a smoker you need to
know that second hand smoking can cause immense harm to your little
Chances of SIDS with smoking are very high. Talking to
your doctor or visiting a counsellor may help when you are trying to quit
Using well fitted and firm
mattress is essential to ensure safety of your baby. It is better to avoid any
padding over the mattress or a second mattress.
You need to be careful and see the
baby is not getting over heated with too much of clothing. Keeping her cool
shall ensure a good night's sleep as well.
Do not be concerned by the flat
head syndrome of your baby. Babies are born with soft skull that tends to get
flattened when she is sleeping on her back or on one side for long which gets
back to normal as she grows.
Apart from the risk factors
involved, correct sleeping position also ensures that her posture has good
impact on her muscles, bones and over all shape of the
These are some of the tips shared when you want to
ensure your baby sleeps in the correct position. These shall reduce the risk factors
to a considerable extent and you too can enjoy a good nightâ€™s sleep. For any
further queries and concerns you can always have a talk with your
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