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Sleeping on your back against sudden death

Sleeping on your back against sudden death



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One in every 1,000 children die before reaching one year of age, mainly between two and four months, without an apparent cause and victims of what is medically known as Sudden Death Syndrome.

Today the cause of sudden death in babies is still not well understood, but it is believed that laying the child face down increases seven to fourteen times the risk of it happening.

The common practice years ago was to lay children face down, however, experts realized that the baby suffered more complications, including sudden death. Therefore, the health authorities began to launch information campaigns for parents with a clear premise: you have to put the baby on his back.

Many parents were reluctant to put the child on his back when thinking that he might choke if he had a milk stroke, especially in those babies who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux.

However, studies have shown over the years that the prone position reduces the cases of sudden death and does not increase the cases of drowning. Why? Babies, even if they sleep on their backs, usually turn their head to one side and also usually wake up when food reaches the larynx.

Laying the baby on his back is one way to prevent sudden death in babies, but there are also others:

- Prevent the baby from covering his head with the sheets.

- It is not necessary for the baby to have a pillow, the crib protector is enough to prevent it from hitting the bars.

- No one should smoke in the environment where the baby is.

- Make sure the baby is not too warm.

- The room temperature is not excessively hot.

- Do not leave loose toys in the crib.

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Video: Left to Die. National Geographic (August 2022).