Saturday, December 24, 2016


Swaddling is Anna age old practice of wrapping infants in blankets or similar clothes so that movement of the limbs is tightly restricted. Swaddling bands were often used to further re-strict the infant. Swaddling fell out of favor and the 17th century. Some modern medical studies indicate that swaddling helps babies fall asleep and to remain asleep; and helps to keep the baby and a supine position, which lowers the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Additionally emerging evidence is showing certain swaddling techniques may increase the risk of developmental dysplasia of the hip. Several authors presume that swaddling was invented in the Paleolithic period. In Europe the the earliest depictions of swaddled babies are votive offerings and grave goods from Crete and Cyprus, 4000 to 4500 years ago! The most famous record of swaddling is found in the New Testament concerning the birth of Jesus in Luke 2:6- 2:7

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