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Guiding new parents through baby’s first year and beyond is a top priority at Advanced Pediatrics. The following newborn and baby care articles have been written by Advanced Pediatric Associates and Pediatric Web. Should you have any questions regarding the following care recommendations, please call our Nurse Line at 303-699-6200, Option 2.

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Safe to Sleep

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexplained death of an infant under one year of age. Since  promotion  of the “Back to Sleep” campaign in 1983, the rate of SIDS has fallen by over 50 percent. Sadly, however, there are still over 2,000 deaths per  year in the United States and thousands more throughout the world. One of the most important things you can do to decrease the chance of SIDS is to put your baby on his or her back to sleep. Some other suggestions include:

  • Avoid soft mattresses, pillows, waterbeds and beanbag furniture. Use a firm mattress in a safety-approved crib. 
  • Keep your baby’s sleeping area clear of clutter, including stuffed toys and soft bedding. 
  • Avoid smoking and keep your baby’s environment as smoke- free as possible. 
  • Keep your baby’s room at a comfortable temperature (65º to 68º). A warm sleeper (if needed) is preferable to loose blankets. 
  • Do not use a hat on a sleeping baby. 
  • Bed sharing has not been found to protect against SIDS and according to the American Academy of Pediatrics can be hazardous to your baby’s health. 

Written by Advanced Pediatric Associates

Reviewed July 2015

 


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Disclaimer:  If you are not a patient of Advanced Pediatric Associates, we recommend that you consult with your own physician regarding health concerns. This information is provided as a guide to our patients, but in no way replaces the advice given by our staff. Occasionally, advice given by our providers or nurse line may vary slightly from that offered by Pediatric Web and its contributors. If you are unsure of any issue regarding your child's health, please call our Patient Care Line at (303) 699-6200. 

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