Drawing attention to the importance of the sleeping position of babies, Child Health and Diseases Specialist Dr. Gökmen Alpaslan Taşkın stated that, contrary to popular belief, sleeping on the back of babies reduces the risk of sudden death. According to the common opinion of reputable Child Health and Diseases associations, Dr. Specialist noted that lying on the back is the safest position to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Taşkın said, “Babies should always lie on their backs in their beds, whether during the day or night. SIDS, also known as cradle death, is a term used for the sudden and unknown death of babies under one year old.


Expert Dr. Taşkın said, “Studies show that the risk of SIDS is much higher in babies who are hospitalized face down compared to those who are placed on their back. This risk is also high in babies who are placed on their side because they can easily move into a prone position. For example, there has been a significant decrease in SIDS cases in the US since the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that babies be laid on their back in 1992. The only exception to this rule of sleep is babies with health problems that require them to lie face down. “If your baby was born with a birth defect, vomiting frequently after feeding, or has respiratory, lung and heart problems, the ideal sleeping position should be decided with your follow-up doctor,” he said.

Expert Dr. Gökmen Alpaslan Taşkın continued his words as follows:

“It is also very important for anyone who looks after your baby other than you to know that they must lie on their back while they sleep. This includes grandparents, doctors, babysitters, friends and everyone else. Some babies initially do not like being placed on their backs, but they soon get used to it. Many parents also worry that if the baby vomits while sleeping on his back, he will suffocate, but studies have not found any increase in choking and similar cases.


Expressing that babies who are laid on their back may have flatness behind their head, but this problem is temporary, Specialist Dr. Taşkın said, “Some babies lying on their back may have flatness on the back of their heads. This situation often goes away after the baby learns to sit. By changing the direction in which your baby lies in the cradle, if you lay it on one end of the cradle and then on the other for a few nights, you can ensure that the baby’s head is not distorted. Thus, the baby does not always lie with his head in the same place. Sometimes it can be useful to use flat head pillows, ”he concluded.

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