Is it safe to swaddle a newborn?

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Is it safe to swaddle a newborn?

Many specialists believe that 9 months of pregnancy is too short a period for the baby to be ready to come into the world. A newborn baby is born with insufficiently developed senses and internal organs. Pediatricians recommend that for the first three months of a baby’s life, conditions should be similar to those that the baby had in the mother’s belly

The concept of the fourth trimester of pregnancy was popularized by Dr. Harvey Karp, a pediatrician and author of the book “The Happiest Baby Around.” One of the things that is designed to make the baby feel safe and comfortable as in mom’s womb is the practice of swaddling the baby. Immobilizing arms and legs of the baby is to calm him down and eliminate the uncontrolled Moro reflex, which is a sudden throwing up of hands, as if the child is afraid of something. Some specialists claim that such practice can be the reason for lactation disorder, because the baby does not develop the sense of touch properly. American researchers go a step further and warn that wrapping a baby tightly in a blanket or diaper may contribute to sudden infant death (SIDS)

Wrapping a baby, what could the consequences be?

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome has been studied extensively by researchers worldwide. SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) has no single, clear cause. However, there are a number of recommendations to reduce the risk of crib death.

This time, researchers have begun to analyze the issue of bundling a baby up in blankets and wraps. They analyzed more than 1,500 cases that occurred in the last 20 years, taking into account various factors. The results showed that wrapping a baby can be particularly dangerous when the baby is placed on the stomach or side. In general, the safest sleeping position, especially in the first months of life, is on the back. The method of bundling up should be used no longer than 3 months of age. It can be a way to soothe especially a newborn, but remember that a diaper-wrapped baby should always be placed on his or her back.

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