SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) has been around for long enough so doctors have guidelines in place to prevent it. In fact, since guidelines were issued the number of infants who die from SIDS has continued to decline in the United States.
More than one third of photos in women’s magazines depicted babies in unsafe sleep positions, according to a new study in Pediatrics. Additionally, the study found that two-thirds of sleep environments depicted in these magazines were also unsafe.Led by SIDS researchers Rachel Moon, MD, a pediatrician, and Brandi Joyner at Children’s National Medical Center, the study analyzed pictures of sleeping infants in 24 magazines with wide circulation among 20- to 40-year-old women.
This is a serious issue. If you come across a magazine (ironically, they are often found in the pediatrician’s waiting room) which depicts unsafe conditions then get in contact with the magazine and have them issue a correction. Otherwise, publicize their names and call for a boycott – especially from the waiting room.