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The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths - The dangers for babies who get too hot :
International research evidence


Studies in Australia and the UK have shown that, without regard to the actual room temperature, the amount of bedding put on babies in winter tends to be greater than that used in the summer.,

A study in Newcastle found that temperatures in living rooms were "significantly higher" than in bedrooms. The same study also found that mothers put more bedding on their babies at night, than during the day.

The UK's largest-ever cot death study compared the circumstances of 325 babies who died as cot death with 1,300 who survived. The mothers of the babies who died were more likely to have worried about their baby becoming too cold, whereas the mothers of the babies who survived were more worried about their babies becoming too hot.

To avoid overheating, babies need to lose excess heat, and up to 85% of this excess is lost through their head. Covers rising up over the head could prevent this normal heat loss, resulting in acute thermal imbalance.

A study in Ireland found that parental understanding of overwrapping remains poor and that future programmes should target first time parents, providing very clear information on thermal environment.