A recent study confirms that the newborn should not be covered, but the pajamas are sufficient and the safest position to make them sleep is the one on them stomach.
Sleep position of the newborn
The newborn should be put to sleep with only the pajamas, which is enough to keep them warm, and without any cover. To reiterate the concept is a group of US experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta who published the results of the study in the journal Pediatrics.
The advice not to use covers or bedding in the cradle of newborns comes from the American Academy of Pediatrics, but many mothers disregard these recommendations.
Instead, it is very important not to use quilts, blankets or duvets – or even cushions – in the child’s bed because they can turn into a danger to the safety of the child and suffocate them.
In confirmation of what has been said, two studies have always appeared on Pediatrics conducted by the pediatric experts of George Washington University and Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City who concluded that most of the sudden infant deaths (SIDS) occur while the children are asleep on the sofa.
The person in charge of the study, Shapiro-Mendoza, explains that the parents are very well-intentioned, they want to give comfort to the little heat in the winter nights, so they put duvets and blankets in their crib, but in reality it is better to put a little more pajamas hot and do not put anything else.
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What is the most correct position for children to sleep?
Experts agree internationally: at least for the first year of life the child should be put to sleep in a supine position, that is, belly up. It is the safest position to reduce the risk of death in the cradle, the SIDS, which is the leading cause of death for children aged 1 to 12 months.
In recent years, the cases of SIDS have been greatly reduced thanks to the frequent information campaigns that have been launched in many countries around the world and which have sensitized parents on the importance of making the baby sleep on their stomachs and follow some rules to prevent the risk of SIDS.
The temptation to place the baby on them side or on their stomach is strong if the child suffers from regurgitation, but even in this case the safest position remains the belly up. If the child suffers from regurgitation, a cushion or a towel can be placed under the mattress at the head level so that the baby can sleep with the head raised by about 30°.
International recommendations to reduce the risk of death in the cradle
Parents can put in place some preventive behaviors …
- In the first few months of life the most suitable position to be taken by children during sleep is that on the back (belly up);
- Do not smoke and do not keep the child in an environment where he / she smokes;
- Let them sleep in their bed, on a rigid mattress and without a pillow, without “soft” toys;
- Do not cover it too much, making sure that the head is not covered by the sheets and that the feet touch the bottom of the bed to prevent the child from slipping under the covers during sleep;
- Do not keep them in too hot environments (the ideal room temperature is 20 – 23°C) or near direct sources of heat;