A recent study published in the Pediatrics magazine reports that over one-third of pictures in women’s magazines portray babies sleeping in dangerous positions. Moreover, two thirds of photos show babies in dangerous sleep environments. The study was supervised by Rachel Moon and Joyner – SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) researchers from the Children’s National Medical Center, USA.
The scientists examined images from 24 magazines, which are popular among women of the fertile age (20-40). The authors of the study examined the positions in which the sleeping babies were presented (they slept either on their side, stomach, or back). They also considered such dangerous condition for sleeping as overly soft bedding. The study examined images from the articles as well as advertisements.
Dr. Moon notes that there is big difference between what doctors recommend for preventing sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and what mothers can see in magazines and other non-specialized literature. It is very important that young mothers understand that what they see in their favorite magazines may actually pose threat to their babies’ lives in real life.
American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies sleep on their backs, separately from parents, without numerous pillows, throws, and other soft items in order to lower the risks of SIDS.
Source of the image: sxc.hu/profile/RYoung.