Health Watch - Advice: Baby Sleep

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about the importance of advice and support in staying healthy. Doctors know that putting babies to sleep on their backs can drastically cut the risk for sudden infant death syndrome. Doctors are also important for encouraging caregivers to follow this advice.

Dr. George Lister, chairman of pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says a study found that it makes a big difference when doctors tell caregivers to put infants to sleep on their backs. Doctors can address parents’ concerns about choking dangers and the child’s comfort while explaining that children must be put to sleep on their backs every time, including naps. Doctors need to be proactive and consistent in delivering this message to anyone who cares for an infant.

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

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January 2010


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