Most parents know that placing infants on their backs for sleep can help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). But the results of a study published in the December issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine shows that the practice has reached a plateau since guidelines were released by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in 1994.
The study, conducted by Yale School of Medicine researchers tracked behavior change after the “Back to Sleep” campaign was initiated in 1994. The researchers analyzed the behavior of 15,000 caregivers over the past 15 years and found that although there was an overall increase in the number of caregivers following the guidelines, the number of people putting babies on their back to sleep has leveled off in the past five years.
Experts agree that babies should always be placed on their backs to sleep to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.