Health Watch — Caring for Kids: Sleeping Positions

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about helping kids stay safe and healthy. Cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, increase during cold weather, but parents can do one thing to lower their child’s risk: put infants to sleep on their backs.

Dr. George Lister, chairman of pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says infants should be placed on their backs every time they go to sleep, and they should sleep on a firm surface rather than on pillows or blankets. Doctors also recommend that infants not sleep in beds, sofas or chairs with adults or other children. For playtime, infants can be placed on their stomachs as long as they’re supervised. This helps them develop neck, arm and shoulder muscles, as well as encouraging brain development.

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January 2008

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