Updated recommendations to prevent SIDS

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TELEVISION PARK– New information tonight about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

For any new parent, the word SIDS speaks to their greatest fear. Now, what the nation’s top pediatricians’ group is doing to tackle Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Being a new parent is a time of indescribable joy, and also of worry, for your newborn child.

But while new parents will do everything in their power to keep their babies safe, all too often they remain unaware that the way they put their new babies to bed could be placing them at risk of SIDS.

And while the causes from case to case can be a mystery, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is often linked to unsafe sleeping environments and practices.

Fortunately, there are things that parents can do to lower this risk. Today, updated recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, aimed at helping parents avoid these tragedies.

New among these guidelines: encouraging more skin-to-skin time between mother and child. Doctors already know it increases the likelihood of breastfeeding, a practice that appears to protect against SIDS.

The top pediatricians’ group also emphasizing past advice on putting babies in safe sleeping situations, with firm sleep surfaces and no padding or objects that pose a suffocation hazard. Also, cautioning against parents sleeping next to or while holding their babies.

Simple tips that may let both parents – and babies – sleep a little easier.

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