University of Virginia researchers say babies who die during their sleep while being watched by someone other than their parents were often placed in unsafe sleep positions. A new study urges more awareness to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Dr. Rachel Moon says their research reviewed more than 10,000 infant deaths. “It’s not enough to just talk to the parents.”
She says over 1,300 of the deaths occurred when someone else was caring for the baby. “What we found was that babies who died under the supervision of a non-parent, they are more likely to be placed on their side or their stomach.”
The study shows 72% of licensed daycare providers place the babies properly as recommended. It drops to 49% among babysitters, 29% among relatives, and 27% among friends. “We want to be sure that everybody knows that these babies need to be placed on their backs.”
And she says, free of toys, soft bedding, blankets, and sleep bumpers.