SIDS is probably what most new parents fear the most. Studies have been done, but the cause of SIDS remains unknown. The back-to-bed campaign has been successful at reducing the number of cases, but there are still about 2,500 SIDS cases in the US each year.
A new study shows that a fan used in the baby’s room while he sleeps reduced the chances of SIDS by 72%. It’s believed that the fan helps keep fresh air for the baby to breath, reducing carbon dioxide and other toxins that a baby could breath in that may lead to SIDS.
Parents should still follow other advice such as breastfeeding, use a pacifier, avoid soft bedding, avoiding stuffed animals and bumper pads in the bed, and, of course, sleeping on their backs.
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