Health Watch - Prevention: SIDS

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about some relatively simple things you can do to help prevent major medical problems. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, remains something of a medical mystery, but doctors have found that there’s one thing you can do to lower the risk: put babies to bed on their backs.

Dr. George Lister, chairman of pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says on the back is the safest sleep position for infants — and that applies whether at night or for naps. Babies should be put to bed on a firm surface, not on a pillow, blanket or any other soft surface. It’s also safest for babies to sleep separately and not on a couch, in a bed, or a chair with parents or other children. To aid in infants’ development, put them on their tummies for supervised play time.

Visit http://www.utsouthwestern.org/pediatrics  to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in Pediatrics .

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February 2009

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