Wednesday, July 25th, 2007 at 8:41 am in Babies & Tots.
New research adds proof to claims that babies sleeping on their back may help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). A survey conducted in New Zealand found that side sleeping can be as dangerous as babies sleeping on their tummies. SIDS, which usually occurs in babies 1 to 4 months, has declined 63 percent from 1993 to 2004, fueled largely by the Back to Sleep campaign.
Other tips for helping prevent SIDS include laying them on firm surfaces (no waterbeds, bean bags or comforters that may cause accidental smothering), keeping room temperature comfortable (overheating is dangerous) and avoiding risk factors such as second-hand smoke. Giving babies pacifier before they fall asleep also may help.
– Ann Tatko-Peterson