WASHINGTON – A technique used by parents across the globe to help calm an infant may be doing more harm than good, according to a new study.
A study published in the American Academy of Pediatrics this month claims that swaddling a baby could affect the child’s risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Researchers say swaddled babies who were placed on their sides or stomachs are twice as likely to die from the syndrome.
However, the risk is lower for babies who sleep on their backs.
They say overheating could play a role in the deaths, and rolling on the side or stomach may hinder a child’s breathing.
HealthyChildren.org has a comprehensive list of recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics for parents to follow as it relates to swaddling their infants.