According to a new study in the archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, adding a fan to the nursery may lower the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS.Researchers say that using a fan during sleep lowered the risk of SIDS by 72%.
Keep in mind, though, that that is just one new theory. Proven methods of protection against SIDS still include, first and foremost, laying a child on their backs when they sleep, sleeping with a pacifier, and using firm bedding in the crib.
Researchers say that the fan goes along with keeping the room well ventilated which may lower the risk of re-breathing carbon dioxide. Again, the fan theory is new and researchers say more study is needed.