A recent Australian study has found a clue that could point to the reason behind the devastating and perplexing incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or cot death. The sleeping position of babies could be the reason behind SIDS, or may be at least one of those reasons.
Even earlier the link between SIDS and the sleeping position of babies was clearly established – when the recommendation was issued to get babies to sleep on their backs and not their stomachs, the rates of SIDS was seen to plummet very significantly.
Recent research indicates why this may be so – the amount of oxygen that reaches the brain of babies who are made to sleep on their backs is more than the oxygen that reaches the brains of babies made to sleep on their stomachs, which could also impact SIDS risk.
Adequate oxygen supply to the brain could mean that the baby is better able to wake up from sleep when there is the risk of suffocation or other breathing problem and thus a baby sleeping on his/her back is less at risk of SIDS.
In the 1960’s through 1980’s, parents were advised to put their babies to sleep on their stomach and in this duration there was a significant rise in the number of cot deaths.