IS IT BAD TO CO-SLEEP WITH YOUR BABY?
OCT 25, 2018 5:26 PM
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) also known as cot death or crib death is the death of a child under one year of age with causes unknown.
"It is not because of a disease or an infection,” explained Dr Uma Sothinathan (pix), Neonatologist and Paediatrician consultant, Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur.
“As difficult as it is, going for a post mortem or considering one is important because it might give parents an answer for future pregnancies, the things that can be put right which was preventable or near preventable.
There is a trend where it becomes commonness two months and above with the peak being six month and after that it becomes a little less frequent.
Safe sleeping techniques
There is a few interventions that is shown to reduce the rates of SIDS. One of it is safe sleeping.
“The easiest way to remember this is back to sleep. Children should always be put on their back when they are sleeping, not on side lays and not on front. A child who is sleeping on a side lay could easily tip and go on its front,” said Uma.
Another worry on a child sleeping on its front is that children can sleep very deep sometimes and might smother themselves in the process - their own face against the mattress. Thus it is important that a child’s mattress is a firm one - not a cushy, soft or feathered one that fluffs in when a child lays on it – because they could smother themselves when they lay on it more easily.
She also advises against overheating the child as in not over dressing kids for bed.
“It is important if it is an air conditioned room – your temperature is between 25 – 26 degrees in the room, use a swaddle. If you’re using a blanket, then the blanket should be tucked, and the child’s leg should be towards the end of the cot before you tuck. This prevents the child from moving towards the end and getting its head underneath the blanket.”
Co-sleeping is also discouraged although it is much easier for a breastfeeding mother to have the child right beside other than to get up and put the child into the cot.
“She may be tired and sleep deprived. When the child is beside, there is a possibility that you could roll over without realising because these are not big lumps laying beside but tiny bumps. No matter how much you trust yourself, don’t take the chance," she added.
There are cots these days that are attached to the bed. So, if the mother chooses to sleep on side, she could attach the cot and just move the baby into the cot. If that is impossible, have a Moses basket beside you on your bed. So, mothers could just lift the baby, feed and put them back into the basket.
Two other causes are parents sleeping with the baby on their body – overheating the child and dozing off while watching television. The dead weight of the parent’s arm that is holding on to the baby may make it difficult for the infant to breath.
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