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You may scam­per to buy all sorts of spe­cialty pil­lows for your li’l one even be­fore he’s ar­rived in this world. But, which kind is the best? Or does he even need one? M&B finds out...

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Is it safe to use pil­lows for ba­bies? “New­borns do not need pil­lows. More im­por­tantly, pil­lows can be a safety haz­ard for new­born ba­bies, since they can suf­fo­cate. This is be­cause they are un­able to lift their head in re­sponse to be­ing dis­tressed, and this may lead to Sud­den In­fant Death Syn­drome (SIDS),” warns pae­di­a­tri­cian Dr Gau­rav Gupta from Mohali, Pun­jab. He is a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Academy of Pe­di­atrics and the In­dian Academy of Pae­di­atrics (IAP), and has been a physi­cian since 1994. Ex­plain­ing SIDS, he fur­ther elab­o­rates that in or­der to cre­ate a safe sleep­ing en­vi­ron­ment for ba­bies and young chil­dren, par­ents must en­sure the fol­low­ing: Put baby on the back to sleep from birth Keep baby’s head and face un­cov­ered Avoid ex­pos­ing ba­bies to cig­a­rette smoke be­fore birth and af­ter Sleep baby in a safe cot and in a safe en­vi­ron­ment Sleep baby in his own cot or bassinet in the same room as the par­ents for the first six-12 months Safe sleep means a safe sleep sur­face: a firm mat­tress with no bumper pads, pil­lows, quilts, stuffed toys or other fluffy, soft prod­ucts that could suf­fo­cate your baby. Though baby bed­ding tends to in­clude these items, it is crit­i­cal that they in­clude a dis­claimer re­mind­ing con­sumers about the dan­gers. In fact, or­gan­i­sa­tions like the Amer­i­can Academy of Pe­di­atrics and the Sud­den In­fant Death Syn­drome Al­liance rec­om­mend that full term, healthy in­fants sleep on their backs with no pil­low, just a light blan­ket, pulled up only to the chest and tucked tightly around the mat­tress.


There can be sev­eral dan­gers in us­ing a pil­low for a very small baby. Some of these haz­ards in­clude chok­ing and suf­fo­ca­tion. And although some peo­ple may feel that us­ing a pil­low will de­crease the baby’s chances of get­ting a flat head, Dr Gupta cau­tions that the dan­gers far out­weigh the ad­van­tages, even if you’re talk­ing about the new age or­ganic va­ri­ety. “In any case, there is no sci­en­tific ev­i­dence for or against the use of or­ganic pil­lows, but the ra­tio­nale be­hind their use is less chances of al­ler­gies as com­pared to feather pil­lows. There is ab­so­lutely no rea­son to sup­pose that the new­born’s head can be moulded by a

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