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Sleep Safety & SIDS
12/11/09

Put Me On My Back to Sleep
No one knows what causes SIDS (sudden Infant Death Syndrome).  But new research findings tell us that babies who sleep on their backs or sides have a reduced risk.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all healthy babies be put to sleep on their backs.  Surveys have confirmed that more and more people are putting their little ones to sleep on their backs, which has reduced the incidence of SIDS about 43 percent.

So, put your little one on his or her back to sleep on a firm, flat mattress, and never let your baby sleep on top of a pillow, cushion or soft bedding.

Does your child snore?
Approximately 8 to 12% of children snore on most of all nights.  Of those, about 1/3 to ¼ have obstructive sleep apnea, a serious medical disorder that can lead to cardiovascular and neurodevelopment problems.

Common symptoms include mouth breathing, labored breathing during sleep, observed apnea, restless sleep, poor quality sleep, enuresis, excessive daytime sleepiness, and behavior or learning problems (including inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and ADHD).  If severe, it can also cause poor growth and heart damage.

The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends:

  • Pediatricians should assess all their patients as to whether they snore.
  • All children who snore on a regular basis (all or most nights) should be evaluated for the presence of obstructive sleep apnea.
  • An overnight polysomnogram (sleep study) is the best way to both accurately differentiate between those that have obstructive sleep apnea and those that have benign snoring.
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