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Your Baby Should Sleep on Her Back

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 11-12-2006

Baby sleeping on 
back You want to keep your baby safe when she sleeps. Most babies are healthy and have no problems when sleeping. But sometimes babies die in their sleep. This is called Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or crib death. Doctors have not found out what causes SIDS.

Research shows that babies who sleep on their backs are less likely to die from SIDS. If your baby has a health problem, your doctor may tell you to put her in another position. Otherwise, always put your baby to sleep on her back.

Other factors in lowering the danger of SIDS are:

  • Breastfeeding–Your breast milk is the perfect food for your baby. Breast milk helps protect your baby from many illnesses, as well as SIDS.
  • Smoke-free environment–Don’t smoke around your baby. Don’t take her around others who smoke. Babies in smoke-free homes have fewer colds and infections.
  • Closeness–Keep your sleeping baby nearby. It’s good for your baby to learn to sleep in her own crib. Be sure you can hear her if she cries or is in distress.
  • Bedding–Be sure your baby is sleeping on a firm mattress. Don’t put your baby to sleep on soft or fluffy things, such as a pillow, quilt or waterbed. Keep stuffed animals out of the crib at sleep time.
  • Temperature–Make sure your baby is warm but not too hot.
  • Doctor visits–Take your baby in for her regular checkups. Any time your baby seems sick or has trouble breathing, take her to the doctor or clinic.

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Infants who sleep in the prone position also have increased rates of: - Social skills delays at 6 months (Dewey, Fleming, et al, 1998) - Motor skills delays at 6 months (Dewey, Fleming, et al, 1998) - gastroesophageal reflux (GER) (Corvaglia, 2007) - Milestone delays (Davis, Moon, et al., 1998) - Plagiocephaly, Torticollis, Strabismus, etc. - Slow Wave Sleep Decrease, Overall Sleep Decrease, Increase in Apnea - Also, Stomach sleep prevents subluxation of the hips My question is: If a doctor was presented with a baby that had social skills delays, motor skills delays, and gastroesophageal reflux what would a doctor say if a child had these three things but not too bad. The doctor might tell the parent to be patient and that different kids develop differently. But, what if the case was more severe - what if the kids social skills were worse? The doctor might diagnose him with ADHD. But, what if the kids delays were really far behind - that is the kid had very large delays in social skills and motor skills along with GER? The doctor might diagnose him with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I think part (if not all) of the Autism Epidemic is caused by the SIDS Back to Sleep campaign. 8 year olds in the year 2000 (born in 1992) = 10,055 with Autism 8 year old in the year 2007 (born in 1999) = 24, 669 with Autism (146% Increase) Infants that slept on their backs in 1992 = 13.0% Infants that slept on their backs in 1999 = 65.7% (405% Increase) “A lot of us are concerned that the rate (of SIDS) isn’t decreasing significantly, but that a lot of it is just code shifting,’ said John Kattwinkel, chairman of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s special task force on SIDS.” Scripps Howard News Service Interview Four Factor Theory at Blogspot