What Side Should Babies Sleep On? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/3/03

What Side Should Babies Sleep On?

Most of us have heard by now that newborns are supposed to sleep on their backs, but a new survey of 900 babies in the first six months of life shows that the parents of preemies are more likely to let their babies sleep on their tummies instead.

The study in the March issue of Pediatrics says that researchers found that four weeks after birth, the parents of low birth-weight babies were twice as likely to place those babies on their tummies to sleep -- mainly because the mothers said they wanted to please the baby -- and that's the position the baby preferred.

No matter what the baby's preference, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, which is especially important for low birth-weight babies who already have a higher than normal risk of SIDS.

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