Study: Swaddling babies could increase risk of SIDS


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ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. — Wrapping your baby in swaddling blankets could increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, according to a study published in the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Swaddling is when babies are wrapped up tightly in a blanket with just the head exposed. According to the study, swaddled babies placed on their sides or stomachs are twice as likely to die from SIDS.

Researchers said overheating could also be a factor. Researchers also suggest that parents who do swaddle their babies to pay attention to their position.

The risk is less for babies who sleep on their backs. But rolling to the side or stomach might hinder a child’s breathing.

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