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New Guidelines for Safe Infant Sleep

New Guidelines for Safe Infant Sleep

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued updated guidelines on sleep environments for babies to reduce cases of SIDS and promote safety and well-being.

Sleep Guidelines 2 YT

Approximately 3500 infants die annually in the United States from sleep-related infant deaths. The new recommendations are:

• Infants should be placed on their back for sleep, including all naps.
• A firm surface with a tight-fitting sheet should be used for sleep
• Avoid use of soft bedding, crib bumpers, blankets, pillows and soft toys. Devices such as wedges or positioners should also be avoided. The crib should be bare.
• Sharing a bedroom with parents for at least 6 months reduces the risk of SIDS but as much as 50 percent. Babies should not share the same sleep surface, but be positioned nearby
• Breastfeeding reduces rates of SIDS and adds to overall health, and is recommended.
• Avoid baby's exposure to smoke, alcohol and illicit drugs.

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