Teen Moms May Ignore Advice for Helping Babies Sleep Safely

This article covers the risk of babies having SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) possibly, from being uninformed. Experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that while caring for a infant there should be no pillows in crib, mother must not be sleeping in the same bed as the baby, the use of a blanket sleeper or a second layer of clothing as apposed to a blanket, make sure the baby’s crib is free of toys, do not smoke in a baby’s room or home, make sure the baby is supervised during “tummy time” when the baby is awake, or following maternal instinct instead of doctors advice. This study first appeared on April 21 in The Journal of Pediatrics and focuses on new methods are needed to improve sleep safety for infants of teen mothers.

Key Points:

  • 1Teen mothers ignoring advice to reduce SIDS in their babies.
  • 2They believe babies are safer and sleep better in bed with them.
  • 3Study suggest new methods for safer sleep are needed for babies of teen mothers.

We learned that almost all teenage mothers were already aware of the [sleep] recommendations, yet they were making deliberate decisions to practice unsafe behaviors.

Read the full article at: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_158444.html


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