Categories: world

Blankets, bed-sharing common in accidental baby suffocations

CHICAGO – Accidental suffocation is a leading cause of injury deaths in U.S. Pat. infants and common scenarios involve blankets, bed-sharing with parents and other unsafe sleep practices, an analysis of government data found. These deaths "are entirely preventable. That's the most important point," said Dr. Fern Hauck, a co-author and University of Virginia expert in infant deaths CALIFORNIA BABY DIES FROM WHOOPING COUGH, HEALTH OFFICIALS CONFIRM Among 250 suffocation deaths, roughly 70 percent involved blankets, pillows or other soft bedding that blocked infants' airways. Half of these bedding-related deaths occurred in an adult bed where most babies were sleeping on their stomachs. faces were wedged against a wall or mattress. The authors studied 201 1-2014 data from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention registry of deaths in 10 states. The results offer more detailed deaths than previous studies using vital records, said lead author Alexa Erck Lambert, a CDC researcher. "It is very, very distressing that in the US we are just seeing this resistance, or persistence of these high numbers," Hauck said. The study was published Monday in Pediatrics. GIRL, 11 , ITS AFTER SEVERAL REACTION TO TOOTHPASTE, FAMILY SAYS For years, the US Government and the American Academy of Pediatrics have waged safe-sleep campaigns aimed at preventing accidental infant suffocations and strangulations and sudden infant death syndrome. These include "back to sleep" advice on having babies sleep on their backs, which experts believe contributed to a decline in SIDS deaths over nearly 30 years. But bed-sharing…

Accidental suffocation is a leading cause of injury deaths in U.S. Pat. infants and common scenarios involve blankets, bed-sharing with parents and other unsafe sleep practices, an analysis of government data found.

These deaths “are entirely preventable. That’s the most important point,” said Dr. Fern Hauck, a co-author and University of Virginia expert in infant deaths

CALIFORNIA BABY DIES FROM WHOOPING COUGH, HEALTH OFFICIALS CONFIRM

Among 250 suffocation deaths, roughly 70 percent involved blankets, pillows or other soft bedding that blocked infants’ airways. Half of these bedding-related deaths occurred in an adult bed where most babies were sleeping on their stomachs. faces were wedged against a wall or mattress.

The authors studied 201

1-2014 data from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention registry of deaths in 10 states. The results offer more detailed deaths than previous studies using vital records, said lead author Alexa Erck Lambert, a CDC researcher.

“It is very, very distressing that in the US we are just seeing this resistance, or persistence of these high numbers,” Hauck said.

The study was published Monday in Pediatrics.

GIRL, 11 , ITS AFTER SEVERAL REACTION TO TOOTHPASTE, FAMILY SAYS

For years, the US Government and the American Academy of Pediatrics have waged safe-sleep campaigns aimed at preventing accidental infant suffocations and strangulations and sudden infant death syndrome. These include “back to sleep” advice on having babies sleep on their backs, which experts believe contributed to a decline in SIDS deaths over nearly 30 years. But bed-sharing has increased, along with bed-related accidental suffocations – from 6 deaths per 100,000 infants in 1999 to 23 per 100,000 in 2015, the researchers note.

Dr. Rachel Moon, a University of Virginia pediatrics professor not involved in the study, said the results are not surprising.

“Every day I talk to parents who have lost babies. and it seems OK, until you lose a baby, “Moon said.

Some studies have found bed-sharing increases breastfeeding and it’s common in some families because of cultural traditions.

Erika Moulton, a stay-at-home mom in suburban New York, said bed-sharing was the only way her son, Hugo, would sleep as a newborn. Moulton struggled with getting enough sleep herself for months, and while she knew doctors advised against it, bed-sharing seemed like the only option.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Now 14 months old, “he’s still in our bed, “she said.” Trying to transition him is a little difficult. “

The pediatricians group recommends that infants sleep on firm mattresses in their own cribs or basins but in their parents’ room for the first year. A tight-fitting top sheet is recommended only to avoid suffocation or strangulation.

Young babies cannot easily move away from bedding or to a sleeping parent; all of the study deaths were in infants less than 8 months old.

Share
Published by
Faela