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2012-04-20 10:27:35

Since 1992, the government's Back-to-Sleep Campaign has encouraged parents to place infants on their backs to sleep. Still, more than 4,500 infants die unexpectedly during sleep each year in the United States. Now, a University of Missouri injury prevention researcher says that safe, separate sleep environments for infants are critical to preventing sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUIDs). "Many of these SUIDs are due to unsafe sleep environments, and these deaths are totally preventable,"...

2012-03-22 11:11:20

More than 75 percent of fourth-graders in urban and rural settings have measurable levels of a nicotine breakdown product in their saliva that documents their second-hand smoke exposure, researchers report. A study of 428 fourth graders and 453 parents in seven rural and seven urban Georgia schools also showed that the urban children were more likely to be smokers — 14.9 percent versus 6.6 percent. Additionally urban children have the most exposure to smokers: 79.6 percent versus...

2011-11-02 13:38:29

A woman goes into labor, and gives birth. The newborn is swaddled and placed to sleep in a nearby bassinet, or taken to the hospital nursery so that the mother can rest. Despite this common practice, new research published in Biological Psychiatry provides new evidence that separating infants from their mothers is stressful to the baby. It is standard practice in a hospital setting, particularly among Western cultures, to separate mothers and their newborns. Separation is also common for...

Guidelines For Infant Sleep Safety Expanded
2011-10-18 08:28:19

Reports of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) have declined significantly since 1992 when the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended that all babies should be placed on their backs to sleep. But other sleep-related deaths have continued to rise. One of those sleep-related deaths, suffocation, is being tackled head-on by the AAP. The academy is expanding its guidelines on safe sleep for babies and calls for parents to not use bumper pads in cribs because babies can suffocate...

2011-10-17 11:49:13

New research reinforces the need for continued public education programs that encourage parents to place their infants to sleep in the supine (back) position in a safe crib or bassinet, to prevent an estimated 4,600 annual Sudden Unintended Infant Deaths (SUID), of which 50 percent are classified as Sudden Death Syndrome (SIDS). The abstract, "Retrospective Review of Sleeping Conditions in Infant Deaths in New Mexico," was presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National...

2011-10-17 11:30:41

While breastfed babies initially awaken more during the night for feedings, their sleep patterns -- falling asleep, staying asleep and total sleep time -- stabilize in later infancy and become comparable to non-breastfed babies, according to an abstract presented Monday, Oct. 17, at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in Boston. In the study, "Long-Term Relationship Between Breastfeeding and Sleep," 89 mothers of exclusively breastfed infants and 54...


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