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How baby boxes prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

As a mother of a newborn, you have many things to worry about, and one of them is your baby’s safety while sleeping. Research shows that the baby’s sleeping position and location can save him from the tragic Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Baby boxes, the latest progression in the realm of safe infant sleep, are said to prevent SIDS and provide a safe sleep space for your little one. Babies being put to sleep in cardboard boxes began in the 1930s in Finland.

The country is said to have largely benefited from the practice recording the lowest infant mortality rate in the world. Today, many countries across the world including Kenya, have borrowed the practice as initiated by a public health researcher, Lucy Kaigutha through her organisation, Toto Care Box Africa Trust.

But, how do baby boxes prevent SIDS exactly? According to Paediatrician Dr Jenniffer Maelo, baby boxes have been deemed safe because they provide a uniform firm sleeping area. “In simple terms, baby boxes lessen hazards for sleeping infants.

The floor and the walls of the baby box are hard, unlike a crib bumper, it’s a lot harder for the firm, flat wall and floor of a baby box to effectively block both the nose and the mouth of a sleeping baby,” she explains.

She says it is much easier for air to get to the nose or mouth of the baby, even if she is pressed up against the wall of a baby box. Portability of the baby box is also another reason why they are said to be safe.

It allows you to bring a sleeping baby wherever you need to go.Studies have shown that being in the same room as a baby can decrease the risk for SIDS, as you would be more likely to notice if your baby is having any trouble. Each box is made of certified nontoxic cardboard and comes with a mattress and fitted sheet.

They are mostly given for free by government or nongovernmental institutions to pregnant mothers in countries, which have adopted the practice.

In Kenya, they are available and the cost ranges between Sh5000 and Sh20,000. Some versions also arrive with infant care essentials such as diapers, baby wipes, clothing, and more.

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