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Shapiro-Mendoza et al. (doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-1793) elected to review almost two decades of data from the National Sleep Position Study and although the use of blankets, pillows and other dangerous bedding materials declined, they were still being used at a prevalence of over 50 percent of those surveyed in this national database as of 2010.
So why is that, and who is not complying with a safe sleep environment for their babies so as to reduce the risk of sudden infant death? The authors reveal some important demographic predictors that will allow us to better educate some populations of parents even more than we are when it comes to making sure bedding is not hazardous for babies.
This is a study that will not put you or parents of infants to sleep. And if the data as presented is not a wake-up call, then read the commentary by safe sleep experts Dr. Rachel Moon and Fern Hauck (doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-3218) also released this week.
You may want to blanket your office (rather than baby’s crib) with copies of these materials with the hope we can do even more to reduce the risk of an unintended unsafe sleeping situation.