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NIH Report Claims One Out of Every Two Babies in the US Sleep on Unsafe Bedding

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Parents usually take care of their infants, but in a new research report at the National Institute of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other institutions it has been found that nearly 55% of the infants in the United States sleep with potentially unsafe bedding. These unsafe beddings can elevate the risk of sudden infant death syndrome also known as SIDS.

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There have been recommendations and information spread out to the public about this but the number is still very huge. As per the NIH’s Safe to Sleep campaign soft objects and loose bedding can be dangerous and can obstruct the air path of the infant child and also lead to hip dysplasia in infants.

The report claims that parents must make sure that they do not keep any soft objects, toys, quilts, comforters and loose bedding in the baby’s sleep area as it can lead to health risk. The report also indicates that the use of unsafe bedding has declined from 85.9% in 1993-95 to 54.7% in 2008-2010, but that is still a large percentage that needs to be cover. The research also indicate that many parents receive quilts from friends and family members and they are obligated to use that or if they see an ad with potentially unsafe bedding items. However, babies should always be placed to sleep on a firm and approved mattress and fitted sheet that does not require any bedding. The report also claims that the number of infant deaths through SIDS has declined since 2000, but the rate is too slow.

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