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Safe Sleep

by Ashley T. Flesher, MD, Pediatrician at Pediatric Associates–Powdersville

The safest place for an infant to sleep is on their back on a firm surface, which meets current safety standards. Since making this recommendation in 1992, the rate of crib death has dropped dramatically. Now, we see more deaths from entrapment or suffocation.

So, it is also important to keep soft objects like pillows, blankets, sleep positioners and bumper pads out of cribs and bassinets.

Also, we suggest sleeping in the room with the parents, but NOT in the bed with the parents.

Finally, breast feeding and immunizations have been shown to decrease rates of SIDS.