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Child & Teen Health
Why some parents don’t follow the “safe sleep” recommendations for babies
- By Claire McCarthy, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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Claire McCarthy, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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Hi Dr. McCarthy, really an interested article. for more information read my profile i m Dr Gregory Walter MD board-certified podiatric surgeon has moved his orthotics and podiatry practice to Bloomington.
It is as simple as the click of a mouse to find a reason not to follow co-sleeping reccomendations. I would like to see a study where parents are educated on safe co-sleeping practices with follow up SIDS/suffocation rates. It would be more beneficial to be able to use all evidence based practices as opposed to picking and choosing because we think parents can only follow hard set rules. When attending a seminar on breast feeding we were challenged to look and find a baby who was exclusively breastfeeding following safe co-sleeping practices with out a evident congenital issue that suffered from SIDS no one could find one. It is not just convenience that makes some parents choose to co-sleep it is believing it is the best option.
It’s exceedingly rare for children to asphyxiate on their vomit while sleeping on their backs…and just as rare to die while sleeping on their stomachs. All of my kids and patients are told the stomach is fine provided their are no smokers in the house and th crib is bare. The scientific evidence (either way) is not convincing enough to say one way is better than the other.
When can a blanket be used?
The highest risk time for SIDS is between 2 and 6 months, so by later in the first year of life a blanket is probably okay. But really, if pajamas are warm enough a blanket isn’t necessary!
Hi Dr. McCarthy, I really enjoyed reading this article. Very informative safe sleep recommendation. I understand the importance of keeping the crib bare. I use baby sleep-sacks/sleeping bags. They are very effective.
Good information for child health and i think you are right about child health.
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