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Racial and Ethnic Trends in Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths: United States, 1995–2013  

SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a safe sleep environment that can reduce the risk of all sleep-related infant deaths. Recommendations for a safe sleep environment include supine positioning, the use of a firm sleep surface, room-sharing without bed-sharing, and the avoidance of soft bedding and overheating. Additional recommendations for SIDS reduction include the avoidance of exposure to smoke, alcohol, and illicit drugs; breastfeeding; routine immunization; and use of a pacifi er. New evidence is presented for skin-to-skin care for newborn infants, use of bedside and in-bed sleepers, sleeping on couches/armchairs and in sitting devices, and use of soft bedding after 4 months of age. The recommendations and strength of evidence for each recommendation are included in this policy statement. The rationale for these recommendations is discussed in detail in the accompanying technical report (www. pediatrics. org/ cgi/ doi/ 10. 1542/peds. 2016-2940).

SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Expansion of Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment

SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Expansion of Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment | FROM THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS | Pediatrics  

Sleeping Babies in Precarious Poses Infuse Magazine Ads

Aug. 17, 2009 - There are few things cuter than a tiny baby curled up and fast asleep, perhaps gripping a stuffed animal or a blanket. The cute factor is one of the reasons pictures of babies sleeping work in advertisements for a variety of consumer products, but curled up on their sides or prone on their stomachs is not the safest position for sleeping babies. Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advise caretakers to put infants to sleep on their backs and to avoid loose bedding, soft sleeping surfaces and bed sharing in order to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the leading cause of death in children between one month and one year of age. More

Infant Sleep Environments Depicted in Magazines Targeted to Women of Childbearing Age

April 10, 2009 - Messages in print media demonstrating infants in inappropriate sleep positions or unsafe sleep environments may create confusion and misinformation about infant sleep safety and may lead inadvertently to unsafe practices…More

Reducing the Risk of SIDS in Child Care

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Healthy Child Care America is pleased to announce the release of a new online module on Reducing the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in Child Care! Based off of the AAP Reducing the Risk of SIDS in Child Care Speakers Kit, this free course is designed to educate everyone who cares for babies, including child care providers, health care professionals, parents, grandparents, and relatives...More

Study Links Factors to Choice of Infant Sleep Position

December 7, 2009 - Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have identified three principal factors linked to whether caregivers place infants to sleep on their backs. 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...More

Children Exposed to Tobacco Smoke Show Early Adult Emphysema

December 28, 2009 – A new study shows that children who are exposed to tobacco smoke at home face early emphysema in adulthood. The findings suggest children’s lungs do not recover from exposure to tobacco smoke, making smoking cessation an important goal for family and parents with young children – not to mention the personal health gains found from discontinuing smoking…More

Longer Breastfeeding Good for Kids' Mental Health

January 12, 2010 – A novel study has established that breastfeeding for a longer time can aid an infant’s mental health in the growing years…More

Study: Babies' Low Serotonin Levels Cause SIDS

February 2, 2010 - Researchers may have solved the mystery of what makes some babies vulnerable to sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, which kills more than 2,300 babies a year…More

Study: Breast-feeding Would Save Lives, Money

April 5, 2010 - The lives of nearly 900 babies would be saved each year, along with billions of dollars, if 90 percent of U.S. women breast-fed their babies for the first six months of life, a cost analysis says…More

Infant Sleep Poisitioners Post Suffocation Risk, FDA Says

Posted: September 29, 2010 - Infant sleep positioners that are used to keep babies on their backs and protect them from sudden infant death syndrome have led 12 children to suffocate in the past 13 years and should no longer be used, federal officials said Wednesday.

Most of the infants suffocated after rolling from a side position to a stomach position. In addition to the reported deaths, the government has received dozens of reports of infants who were placed on their backs or sides in sleep positioners, only to be found later in potentially hazardous positions within or next to the sleep positioners.More

Rethinking SIDS: Many Deaths No Longer A Mystery

The thought of a baby dying suddenly and unexpectedly is one that keeps parents awake at night, fearing the worst. For years, little was known about sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. Babies would die in their sleep, and it was presumed that little could be done to prevent those deaths. More

AAP Expands Guidelines for Infant Sleep Safety and SIDS Risk Reduction

October 17, 2011 - Since the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended all babies should be placed on their backs to sleep in 1992, deaths from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome have declined dramatically. But sleep-related deaths from other causes, including suffocation, entrapment and asphyxia, have increased. More

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Safe Sleep Practices and SIDS/Suffocation Risk Reduction

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