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New sleep guidelines to prevent infant deaths

October 28, 2016


Currently more than 2,000 babies in America die each year due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as SIDS. 


“Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is a complication that some babies have.  We’re not really sure of the cause.  But it’s when the baby dies in their sleep,” said Joanna Warren, a pediatric nurse practitioner at Anderson Children’s Medical Clinic. 


She explained that many myths still surround the syndrome. 


“People have heard of SIDS.  But they’re unsure of why it happened.  Moms and dads usually think it’s something that they’ve done.  But again, really, there isn’t a lot of evidence to prove that there’s an actual cause.  In some cases there are, but most of the time it’s unknown.”


To help reduce SIDS, the American Pediatrics Association has released new sleep guidelines for infants.


“First and foremost we recommend that the baby sleeps in a bed alone with no soft bedding, no crib bumpers, stuffed animals, or blankets.  The AAP is now recommending that babies sleep in the same room with their parents, not in the same bed, but within the same room, so they are aware of what’s going on.  They recommend this up to one year or at least six months,” said Warren. 


To learn more about SIDS and the new infant sleep guidelines, visit the Mississippi SIDS & Infant Safety Alliance at ms-sids.org   


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