Leaving sleeping babies unattended in sitting positions such as in car seats، bouncers، and strollers could be dangerous for the child، a new study revealed، the Technical Times said.
At least several hundred babies die every year because of sleep-related deaths in sitting devices that have been used improperly. Most of these sleep-related deaths occurred when babies were tucked asleep in car seats while the vehicle was not moving.
"Using CSSs for sleep in non-traveling contexts may pose a risk to the infant،" the study authors said in a report published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Here's Why Parents Shouldn't Leave Babies Asleep In Car Seats In the new study، which has been issued in the journal Pediatrics، researchers examined data from 2004 to 2014 that contained 11،779 cases of sleep-related death in babies whose median age at death was at least 2 months old.
The research considered factors such as primary caregiver، setting، bed-sharing، objects in the environment، and other risk factors.
What the study found is that at least 3،700 babies die every year because of sleep-related deaths. At least 3 percent of these cases or approximately 348 babies died in sitting devices، which were mostly car seats. Improper use of car seats was found in 90 percent of these cases.
Majority of the sleep-related deaths in sitting devices occurred at home and under the supervision of a parent. When compared to other deaths، researchers found that babies who died in sitting devices had a health care provider or a babysitter as the primary supervisor at the time of death.
Moreover، about 75 percent of babies who died in sitting devices had at least one risk factor، while more than 50 percent had two or more risk factors.