A study in the Journal of Pediatrics looked at all the possible benefits and negatives of swaddling and found that...
A study in the Journal of Pediatrics looked at all the possible benefits and negatives of swaddling and found that the pros far outweighed any cons. According to the article , "Swaddling was an almost universal child-care practice before the 18th century... and is gaining popularity in the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Netherlands." The old school parents were on the right track too; some of the general benefits of swaddling found by researchers include:
- Swaddled infants arouse from sleep less and sleep longer overall than non-swaddled babes.
- Preterm infants who are regularly swaddled have been shown to have "Improved neuromuscular development, less physiologic distress, better motor organization, and more self-regulatory ability."
- Excessively crying babies cry less when swaddled.
- Swaddling has been shown to soothe pain in infants.
- Swaddling can help regulate temperature but can also cause hyperthermia when misapplied.
- Swaddling may increase risk of the development of hip dysplasia, BUT this is related to swaddling with the legs in extension and adduction.
- There is a little evidence that there might be a higher risk of respiratory infections in babies who are frequently swaddled due to the tightness of swaddling.