AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Doctors continue to warn parents that swaddling your child could lead to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Swaddling is the practice of wrapping infants in blankets, which has been done for thousands of years.
Rachel Anderson a local pediatrician says, unfortunately the risk of sudden infant death is present for every baby.
However, she feels the best way to prevent this from happening is by taking safe sleeping precautions with your child.
To help reduce the risk of SIDS Anderson recommends always placing your baby on their back when sleeping and not having any loose blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, or crib bumpers next to your child.
Anderson says swaddling is effective, but parents should also know the right way to swaddle.
If you do choose to swaddle your child pediatricians also recommend not wrapping the blanket too tightly in the hip area.
Leaving a blanket on too tight and for a period of time can lead to hip problems such as dislocation or an abnormality.