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Positional Asphyxia, also known as Postural Asphyxia, can lead to death in infants. Read on to know its causes and ways of preventing it.

Positional Asphyxia in Infants

Babies are like these charmers, who can just cast a few spells on you and make you wander around them. If there is a newborn baby in the house, he/she makes sure everyone’s attention is focused only on him/her. Babies will wake up in the wee hours of morning, sleep at odd times, and cry continuously for you to figure out the reason. Think if this just stops all of a sudden, just because of your baby sleeping in a wrong position? Sounds strange right? But it is possible. Babies can pose a great risk to their life, if they happen to sleep in a way that might suffocate them. This leads to positional asphyxia, also known as postural asphyxia. It is a state of lack of oxygen to breathe, due to the sleeping position. Positional asphyxia happens mostly in infancy, when an infant is found dead with his/her mouth and nose blocked or their chest unable to fully expand. It can just happen suddenly, so parents need to be extremely careful while making their babies to go to sleep.

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