Maine Families

Over-bundling Baby for the Cold Weather Increases the Risk of SIDS

An important warning from First Candle.org:
As a result of the severely cold weather spreading across the nation, First Candle is reminding parents and caregivers to be sure to avoid overheating their babies. Babies are sensitive to extremes in temperature and cannot regulate their internal body temperatures well. Studies show that multiple layers, heavy clothing or blankets and warm room temperatures can increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Room temperature should be set at what would be comfortable for an adult. Babies may be at risk of overheating if they are sweating or feel hot to the touch.