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Swaddling May Increase Chances of SIDS

If infants are swaddled during sleep, their risk of dying from SIDS is higher, especially if they are placed on their stomachs, new research suggests.

Swaddling is defined in various ways, but it typically refers to wrapping a child snugly in a blanket or cloth, with head exposed but arms inside. Swaddling is thought to have a calming influence on babies that helps them sleep.

However, swaddling can be risky, the new study finds.

“Babies who were swaddled were 50 to 60 percent more likely to die of SIDS,” said lead researcher Dr. Rachel Moon, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.