How old can a baby use a pillow? Don't be fooled by sellers! It hurts a lot to use pillows under age.

Home > Baby

How old can a baby use a pillow? Don't be fooled by sellers! It hurts a lot to use pillows under age.

2019-04-01 11:25:33 593 ℃

Starting from the day of the baby's birth, the common item of "pillow" rapidly soared to the front of the "child-rearing topic list". Parents are anxious to ask:

Some are "consulting" everywhere, and they have harvested a lot of "parenting classics" which do not know the true or false:

How old can the baby use pillows, what is the good use of pillow fillers, how to choose pillows for the baby... With these questions, let's listen to Dr. Cui's explanation.

Cui Yutao

President of pediatric clinic of Cui Yutao School

Chief Health Officer of Cui Yutao Children's Health Management Center

Before answering the question of how big a baby can use a pillow, we must first understand clearly. One thing:



Why do people use pillows?

< p> I believe that parents have had such an experience: lying on the bed without pillow, there will be a feeling of bad breath.

Actually, this is related to the human body's cervical anterior curvature . The curvature of cervical spine in normal adults is convex, with a gap between the bed and the back of the bed.

If there is no pillow, when we lie flat, the anterior cervical curvature will be in a tight state, which will oppress the airway and cause breathing problems. The function of pillow is to fill in the gap, protect normal physiological bending, and relax the whole neck and back muscles, so that we can feel comfortable.

Natural curvature of cervical spine in adults

However, parents should be reminded that cervical anterior curvature is not inherent in us, but gradually formed through the process of acquired growth. After the birth of the baby, the whole spine is a slightly backward curve type C, which is related to the posture in the mother's uterus before the birth of the baby.

It can be seen that the cervical spine of the baby is slightly straight and slightly backward bending

that is to say, the newborn infants do not have such bending, so they do not have the problem of compressing the airway when lying flat, and can breathe smoothly. However, if the baby is deliberately padded with a pillow to raise the neck at this time, it does not conform to the degree of cervical curvature of the baby. This man-made curvature may also oppress the airway and cause the baby to breathe poorly.

Some parents feel "awkward" when they see their baby doesn't pillow, so they fold the blanket and towel and try their best to cushion the baby. The curvature of the cervical spine of the baby at this time is too high for a slight cushion, not to mention just a little height.

In fact, the curvature of the cervical spine of the baby at this time is too high for a slight cushion. A bigger problem is that babies are still flexible enough to use pillows or "cushion things as pillows" which are unsafe and can block the baby's mouth and nose, leading to the risk of asphyxia. < p > < p > Therefore, < strong > does not need pillows at all before the formation of anterior cervical curvature.

So when on earth can a baby use a pillow?



How old can a baby use a pillow?

For this problem, the current recommendations of countries or regions are different.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) pointed out in its recommendations on safe infant sleep environment in 2016 that it is recommended that infants use pillows after the age of one, not only before they are born, but also for safety reasons, not in their cribs.

There are also many pediatric experts who believe that pillows should be introduced around the age of 2.

We suggest that parents should not decide to use pillows at the age of 1 or 2, but try to give them pillows when the baby needs them.

For example, after the baby has been able to turn over and sit up flexibly, there are also these manifestations: when sleeping, like to put the head on certain items, or pillow parents'arms, etc.

This means that for babies, the pillow is more comfortable, so at this time, parents can try to use a pillow for babies.

and so on, when the child needs, try to use pillow

parents may also notice that what I emphasize here is "try", not "must" . Parents should also judge according to their baby's acceptance. Don't force the baby to pillow, let alone give the baby a hard pillow because they hear that "pillow with some kind of filler can pillow the back of the head".



How to choose pillows for babies? When it comes to choosing pillows,

, the most common thinking of parents is: what is the filler?

In fact, buckwheat peel, cassia seed, tea, grain, sponge, latex... Whether food pillows made by the elderly or rubber pillows purchased in the market are not the criteria for our choices.

As far as fillers are concerned, only the baby's adaptation and the family's acceptance can be selected. The three really important criteria for choosing pillows are

< p> < strong > 1.

Pillows should not be too high or too low, but should be fitted to the baby's neck bending.

Generally speaking, the criterion of "fit" is:

If the pillow is too high, it is equivalent to the baby sleeping with his head down; if the pillow is too low, it is equivalent to sleeping with his head up, whether high or low, it will be very tired and damage his health.

The height of children's pillow is more than 1 cm-3 cm. Parents should choose a suitable one for their babies.

pillow height must be suitable for

2 pillow with appropriate support

too soft. Once the baby is lying down, the head will sink into the pillow, easily be blocked by mouth and nose, there is a risk of asphyxia, and too soft pillow has no supporting effect, which is equivalent to using pillow.

Too hard pillows do not have elasticity, and baby pillows are not comfortable. Parents can press their hands when choosing to buy pillows. It feels supportive. After the hands leave, the pillows rebound better. It is suitable for baby pillows. < p > < strong > 3 Clean and breathable < / strong > < / P > < p > No matter which pillow is used, it should be cleaned regularly.

Babies sweat more, saliva is more, sometimes there will be vomiting, pillow core is easy to breed bacteria.

and many babies like to sleep on their stomachs. If they are not cleaned in time, they are prone to respiratory symptoms and allergies. Parents should not neglect to clean pillowcases while cleaning pillowcases. The pillow core should be cleaned and aired according to its different materials. Parents also need to be careful not to superstition "natural is the best", such as silk, natural rubber, wheat and so on. If babies are allergic to these substances or improperly cleaned, they will also cause serious problems.