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By Sheridan Hernandez MD
October 27, 2016
Category: infants
Tags: babies   SIDS  

New AAP SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) prevention guidelines.                                  


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recently released a report indicating that studies have shown, that sleeping in the same room as your infant for up to 1 year can significantly reduce the risk of SIDS.


Currently, according to the CDC, about 3500 infant deaths a year are attributed to SIDS and other sleep related disorders. Babies are at greatest risk for SIDS from birth to 4 months of age, but are still considered at some risk for the first year of life. Recent research has shown that sleeping in the same room as your infant for at least the first 6 months of life, and ideally the first year of life, can decrease the risk of SIDS by 50%. However, this does not mean having the baby co sleep with parents in their bed. Adult mattresses tend to be too soft, there is too much loose sheeting and blankets that can cause strangulation, and baby can over heat, all of which can increase the risk of SIDS. Your infant should be in a crib or bassinet with a firm mattress, without bumpers, stuffed animals and a lot of loose blankets. Baby should also, always be placed on his or her back.


Other things that a parent can do to prevent SIDS is keeping the room temperature between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit, and running a ceiling fan that keeps air flowing. Also, according to the AAP report, breastfeeding significantly reduces risk of SIDS, as does keeping a tobacco smoke free environment. The report also found that pacifier use reduces the SIDS risk and is now recommended for sleep and nap times. Babies should not be left to sleep for long periods in car seats, strollers and swings.


Finally, the AAP reports that, so called safety items that are offered and sold to parents, have not been proven to reduce the incidence of SIDS. These include anti SIDS mattresses and home cardiopulmonary monitors. Parents likely should not waste their money on these items. The AAP reports they are unable to offer a recommendation at this time, on bedside sleepers that attach to parents' beds, as there is insufficient research.


Fortunately SIDS is relatively rare but it is always tragic when it does occur. Following the AAP guidelines should help parents to feel less anxious, and in spite of having a newborn, may actually help parents to sleep a little better.




Dr. Hernandez



By Dr. Sheridan Hernandez
July 23, 2015

Hi Parents.

Today I'm going to talk about babies and their pooping. Pooping, it seems to me, is the biggest concern of parents of newborns and infants. So here's some info to hopefully guide and reassure you.

Some babies poop several times a day, little liquid toots with poop usually. Some babies only poop every few days and, usually for exclusively breast fed babies, sometimes only about once a week. When these less frequent poopers do finally unload, it is usually a huge explosion of stool and requires quite the clean up 😁. This is normal. If your baby is happy and feeding well, passing gas (gas is fine, all babies are quite gassy), not vomiting, his/her tummy is not hard and bloated, then do not be alarmed by 6 poops a day or one poop in 6 days. On the other hand, if your baby is crying inconsolably, not feeding, bloated and not passing gas and/or vomiting, then it may be a serious medical emergency. In this case the baby should be evaluated ASAP.

Baby poop can be liquidy or pasty. It can be yellow, orange, green (dark to light) and various shades of brown. After the first few days of life it should not be black. Neither should baby poop be white (especially if your baby is jaundiced) or have any thing that looks like blood. So if it's black, bloody or white and baby looks yellow, call and make an appointment to have your baby seen. There is an app called poopMD that shows pictures of different types of normal baby poop.

Okay, hope this helps.

Dr. Sherry Hernandez

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