Baby sleeps on his stomach: the danger of the sudden word
The debate is eternal despite the opinions of doctors. Should babies be forced to sleep flat on their backs and thus prevent them from getting into position on their sides or on their stomachs? How to avoid sudden infant death syndrome while favoring comfort for the child from an early age? The opportunity to take stock and enlighten you on all your questions.
Why do we have to make baby sleep on his back?
From the very first days spent in the maternity ward, the young mother receives the "instructions" from the experts and the pediatrician to ensure the safety of her newborn baby day and night.</p >
Among them, the sleep of the baby. It is forbidden to put the little one to sleep on his stomach.
Contrary to the prone position, the position lying on his back is strongly recommended, for not to say mandatory.
Indeed,it was found in the 1990s, thatsudden infant death syndrome figures are higher when children are sleeping on the belly.
What if the child prefers to sleep on his stomach?
Many parents face the same problem, after birth, at 2 months, 4 months, or 6 months, baby prefers to sleep on the side or on the stomach.
Indeed, after nine times months spent snuggled up in the mother's belly, it is easy to understand that the child is not comfortable lying on a firm mattress (like recommended by health authorities), with no object around him, stuck in a position he did not choose.
Many babies also suffer from reflux or digestive problems. They fall asleep better on their stomach.We now know that a baby lying on their stomach can crawl into bed and find themselves in a bad position more easily during the night. It also more difficult to eliminate its superfluous heat, which is all the more dangerous when it is too hot or if it is feverish. There is also a risk of confinement, especially if the bed is soft: with the nose facing the mattress, Baby inhales the air he has just exhaled and It only takes a few breaths to run out of oxygen.
If this is the case for you, to avoid the risk of colic, do not leave your baby alone in this position
Why not allow the position on the stomach during the day during naps or waking times on the play mat?
You will be able to watch him, be reassured and allow him to relieve his stomach aches.
- a very firm mattress suitable for the bed (with no space between the mattress and the bars) and nothing else in the bed except a comforter.
- No duvet,
- no blanket,
- no sheet,
- no pillow.
All of this could suffocate the child.
Baby sleeps in a sleeping bag/sleeping bag or in an overpajama. The ideal room temperature is between 18 and 20°C. At this stage, the toddler is not yet regulating his temperature and hot weather increases the risk of SIDS.
What if Baby turns around in bed?
As the weeks and months pass, it grows, you have to let it.
His muscles are starting to form, and he has enough strength in his arms and body to position himself the way he wants.
Most babies begin to roll over once they have acquired head support.
But before the age of one, it's still too early to let your guard down