Can baby sleep with head elevated?

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Can baby sleep with head elevated?

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answered May 4 by AngieSmit (17,570 points)
Babies 12 months and under should not and cannot sleep with their head elevated as it increases the risk of SIDS.

One of the real dangers of babies sleeping with their head elevated is that babies have poor head control.

They can slouch down while sleeping at an incline and tuck their head into their chest.

This closes the airway and causes problems with breathing.

It's OK to elevate baby while sleeping if the baby is over 12 months of age.

If the baby is under 12 months of age then it's not OK or safe to elevate baby while sleeping.

Elevating baby while sleeping can lead to SIDS so babies 12 months and under should always be placed on their back to sleep without being elevated or inclined.

Babies under 1 year old should always be positioned on their back to sleep even when they have reflux as sleeping in any other position could cause death.

Once the baby is above 1 year old then they could sleep on their slides or on an incline.

Reflux wedges are not safe for babies as they can cause SIDS and cause death to the baby.

The reflux wedges sleep positioners etc are no necessary and are considered unsafe.

Officials are urging parents to follow these safety steps: Stop using sleep positioners.

Using a sleep positioner to hold an infant on his or her back for sleep is dangerous and unnecessary.

Never put pillows, wedges, comforters, or quilts under an infant in a crib or bassinet.

Incline sleepers and sleep positioners are not considered safe for babies under 13 months old.

Babies have actually died as a result of sleeping in incline sleepers and sleep positioners so they are best avoided.

Babies should not sleep on pillows because they could suffocate if they roll over and they could fall off the pillow as well.

Pillows can lead to potential suffocation and limit the amount of heat babies can release, which can lead to overheating a risk factor associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

“Generally, it is considered safe to use pillows after the age of 12 months.”

Soft bedding is dangerous for babies because they can suffocate and die when they roll over and have their face and mouth, nose etc blocked by the soft bedding.

Once the baby is over 12 months or 1 year of age they can safely sleep with soft bedding, blankets, plush toys etc.

Before then to keep them safe the baby should sleep on a firm mattress and you can place the baby in some blanket sleepers to keep them warm at night.

It is OK for a baby above 12 months of age to sleep on a soft mattress.

However if the baby is 12 months and under they should not sleep on a soft mattress or soft surface and they should not have any plush toys or pillows, blankets etc with them to avoid the risk of SIDS.

Babies should not sleep on soft surfaces as they can suffocate and and die as a result of SIDS.

Babies should not sleep on soft surfaces because it increases the risk of SIDS or suffocation.

Babies under 1 year old should sleep on a firm surface without any pillows or blankets.

Placing babies on unsafe surfaces for sleep encourages chin to chest positioning which directly impacts a baby's ability to breathe normally.

It also increases the risk of suffocation should the face be accidentally covered, strangulation and entrapment.

Infants should sleep in the parents' room, close to the parents' bed but on a separate surface designed for infants, ideally for the first year, but at least for the first six months.

Keep soft objects and loose bedding out of the infant's sleep area.

A baby can sleep with a blanket or soft toy when they reach age 12 months or a year.

Once your child reaches 12 to 18 months, it's fine for them to sleep with a thin blanket or lovey.

But if they are in a crib, make sure the blanket and stuffed animal are small enough so that he or she can't use them to climb over the side.

Babies can sleep on their stomachs once they can roll back over to their back or sides themselves.

However if your baby is under 6 months it's best to try to keep them on their backs even if they roll over to reduce the risk of SIDS.

It isn't safe to put babies to sleep on their stomachs because this position increases the risk of SIDS.

The same goes for placing your baby to sleep on his or her side.

From the side-sleeping position, your little one can easily roll onto his stomach and end up in this unsafe sleeping position.

Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, not on the stomach or side.

The rate of SIDS has gone way down since the AAP introduced this recommendation in 1992.

Once babies consistently roll over from front to back and back to front, it's fine for them to remain in the sleep position they choose.

Once a baby is 1 year old or older then it becomes more safe for the baby to sleep on their stomach.

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