New pediatric guidelines to prevent SIDS

October 18, 2011

The group is holding its national meeting in Boston.

Among the recommendations: Infants should sleep on their backs on a firm crib mattress for every sleep, noting that side sleeping is unsafe.

The group adds, some supervised awake-time spent on the tummy is recommended. It also says breast feeding and proper immunizations can both lower a baby's risk for sudden infant death syndrome and that bumper pads should not be used in cribs.

When it comes to encouraging brain development in infants and toddlers , AAP says unstructured play is much better than TV or videos.

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