BY DANNY ROSE, The Canberra Times
The latest Australian research has revealed why putting a baby to sleep on its stomach dramatically increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Babies monitored as they slept in this unsafe position were found to have a reduced blood pressure and an increased heart rate, compared with when they slept on their backs, as recommended.
These effects were most pronounced in babies aged two to three months, the age when babies are most at risk of SIDS.
Associate Professor Rosemary Horne, from the Ritchie Centre at Monash University, said, ''For the last 15 years now we have been looking at what is different about babies sleeping on their tummies.''
She said parents now had a reason to follow the advice ''don't sleep your baby on its tummy''.