Which is why it’s a positive thing when there’s new research shedding light on a possible way to reduce a child’s risk.
A new study published in the journal Pediatrics offers some promising info: Researchers found a link between SIDS and swaddling—you know, the common practice of snugly wrapping infants in cloth before putting them to sleep.
Researchers reviewed SIDS data spanning two decades from the U.S., England, and Australia and found that babies who were swaddled had a 50 to 60 percent higher chance of dying from the syndrome. And if they were swaddled and placed on their stomachs rather than their backs to sleep, the risk of SIDS was a crazy 13 times higher. Those are some super-scary stats.
It’s important to note that the findings don’t necessarily prove a cause-and-effect relationship—the researchers explain that other outside factors might be contributing to the correlation. Still, the link is convincing enough to consider—especially since SIDS is currently responsible for more than 1,500 deaths in the U.S. each year. So if you never got the hang of the whole swaddling thing, your babe might be better off anyway.