New pediatric guidelines to prevent SIDS

October 18, 2011 1:46:40 PM PDT
The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated guidelines to prevent the risk of SIDS and encourage proper brain development.

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.