The Pros and Cons of Swaddling
Attachment parenting is all the rage with parents these days and one tenet of attachment parenting is the practice of swaddling babies. Attachment parenting has brought back a lot of old rituals from generations who practiced swaddling before. Swaddling is the wrapping of the baby to simulate the tight feeling they had in the womb, giving them comfort, and allowing them to sleep as if they were in the womb. There are many pros to swaddling because some babies who are swaddled continue to wake themselves up by reacting to light or sounds or motions around them. Swaddling calms them down so that they can sleep and for longer periods of time.
Many moms practice this and it has been known to stop a colicky baby and keep them comfortable and asleep. Yet, there is an evil twin to swaddling and that is SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome. One fear of swaddling is that baby does not have use of their arms to help them in the event that something covers their face or that they roll over.
Because of this risk associated with swaddling, care facilities for babies are not allowed to swaddle them as of 2011. There is also concern about hip dysplasia which can affect the mobility of the hips and some physicians are concerned that wrapping a baby too tightly around the legs can affect the infant’s hip mobility, which is something doctors often assess when babies are born.
A recent case in California occurred where the child care facility was swaddling babies over 6 months old and also buy xanax toronto covering their faces with blankets and the facility lost its license due to this practice. Is swaddling a bad thing to do with your infant? In a care facility where the care taker is responsible for several children, if something happens to the baby and they are not watching, the baby can be in danger. Although babies are encouraged to sleep on their back to avoid them rolling over or suffering from SIDs, some infants can roll over at a young age and can block their airway.
If you do swaddle, it is recommended to ensure that the blanket or swaddle suit does not cover the baby’s chin or face to prevent blockage of the airway. You should always lay the baby down on their back as well. If you have an infant and have not swaddled him or her, they may not be used to it and may not like the constricted feeling. But if they are adjusted to it, just make sure that they are safe and do not leave the room when you put them down to sleep. Also, check with your care facility to ensure that they are compliant with licensing laws. There are also new innovative designs for swaddlers that help alleviate the concern of airway restriction such as the Woombie. These newly designed swaddlers can take the guesswork out of swaddling.
In addition, there are many baby wearables that have been designed to identify and stop SIDS which would be a great accessory to buy for your caregiver and for your own peace of mind.
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