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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

How to Reduce Risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - SIDS


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Johns Hopkins University and the USA's National Institutes of Health have released online information, also published in Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine about how to minimize the risk for SIDS. Some remarks stand out in the report:

"A large body of research has shown that
placing infants on their backs to sleep
reduces the risk of
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS),
the leading cause of death during the
first year of life in the United States."

Placing infants on their backs for sleep
remains the single most effective
means we knowto reduce the risk
of sudden infant death syndrome,"
said Marian Willinger, Ph.D.,
Special Assistant for
SIDS research at the
Eunice Kennedy Shriver
National Institute of Child Health
and Human Development
(NICHD), which funded the analysis.

"For the vast majority of infants,
concerns about choking while
back sleeping are unfounded."

Dr. Willinger noted that
certain conditions might prompt a
physician to consider recommending
against back placement.
However, such recommendations
are arrived at only after
careful deliberation and
after taking into account all the
potential risks and benefits
for the infant involved."

Click on STUDY LINKS FACTORS TO CHOICE OF INFANT SLEEP POSITION to read the entire press release.

And PLEASE be aware of something I've mentioned on this blog before: There is significant evidence that SIDS became more common after crib mattress manufacturers began using synthetic materials to make baby bedding. There are 100% natural fiber and safe-for-baby crib mattresses to buy around the world. Simply ask your local health food society members, or look up the information in phone directories and on the Internet.

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