Babies can sleep facing upside down depending on their development progress. That is to mean, they can turn their necks on their own or change their sleeping position. Some parents claim that when their baby sleeps upside down, they sleep longer and deeper, allowing them to do some other chores.
Although some parents prefer the upside-down sleeping position, it’s not advisable to allow your baby to sleep in this posture. This is because it poses some risk. Especially if your kid has not fully developed the motor skills that can allow them to shift their necks to a safer position. It could be that your child is too young to turn alone, or their growth progress is slow. Below are the risk factors you expose your baby to if you allow them to sleep facing upside down.
Low Oxygen Supply
When your kid sleeps facing upside down, getting enough oxygen supply becomes a problem because their air passage can block with either a cover or mattress. Low oxygen supply in your kid’s body means they’ll be having difficulty breathing, which interferes with their body functions. Lack of oxygen in your child’s body will also affect the functions of other organs that need oxygen to survive. It can make your baby die if there’s no one around to help them.
Affects Their Organs
When your baby sleeps facing upside down, the organs around their chests also squeeze downwards. Your baby’s lungs, for example, will find it hard to get enough room for expanding as it takes in oxygen to control their breathing. In case your baby is experiencing low oxygen supply, it will be tricky for the lung to supply the other body parts with oxygen. A low oxygen supply will reduce the functions of the organs. The heart will also be affected as it needs enough oxygen supply to pump blood to the other parts like the brain. If your baby’s brains stop functioning because of the blood shortage, your baby might get numb. Your child can even die if you don’t come to their rescue faster.
Having a toddler who is younger or has not fully developed enough strength around their neck? Know that it will be hard for them to turn their heads alone. Some babies also can’t know when they are in danger to turn from their sleep position. Instead, they lift their heads a bit then grab the blanket upwards near their nose, worsening the situation. It can also be that your baby is of age over one year who should sleep in any position.
But given that each child has their own unique growth rate, your baby could be having difficulties coordinating their motor movements. The slow motor coordination can prevent them from changing their positions. If this is the case with your baby, they can easily suffocate and even develop breathing problems.
Because sleeping upside down deprives your baby of enough oxygen, the amount of blood supply to the other body parts will reduce. For example, your kid’s brain needs oxygen from the blood to control their body movements and speech. If your baby’s brain cannot get enough oxygen from the blood for its use, most of their body functions will stop. Blood shortage will also arise when the heart cannot perform its duties because the other organs are interfered with. Blood shortage means your baby will be having less energy supply because their blood vessels help transport energy to their body. So, your baby will wake up tired and weak if they fail to change their sleep position to a more comfortable one.
Increases Their Chances of Inhaling Carbon Dioxide
Your baby body needs oxygen to carry out most of its functions. When your child is sleeping, they exhale carbon dioxide and take in oxygen. But when they are sleeping upside down, they will develop difficulties breathing or cover their nasal passage blocking oxygen. The cover on their nose will prevent oxygen from entering their nose and, at the same time, stop carbon dioxide from escaping. So, your baby will be forced to inhale back the carbon dioxide into their body. When your baby inhales carbon dioxide, it will interfere with their breathing and heartbeat rate. Also, it will lower the oxygen level in their body’s making them tired and weak.
Allowing your kid sleep facing upside down exposes them to various health risks, especially if they cannot turn on their own. Instead of risking your child’s life, make them sleep in a safe sleeping position. Please don’t make them sleep facing upside down because it can suffocate or interfere with their organs’ functioning.