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Protecting babies from SIDS

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New advice on reducing the risk of SIDS comes from a group of influential pediatricians. This might surprise you because it comes with a needle.   

The American Academy of Pediatrics says based on new research, vaccines not only guard against illnesses like hepatitis, but there is evidence they can help protect babies from sudden infant death syndrome.

Dr. Rachel Moon said, "Babies, who are immunized, have half the risk of SIDS as babies who are not fully immunized."

Dr. Moon is the lead author of "New Guidelines on SIDS Prevention." She says it's unclear why vaccines seem to have this protective effect, but the evidence is strong.

Breastfeeding is now also encouraged as a way to prevent SIDS. She says the key could be that breast milk is proven to shield babies against some illnesses.  The AAP guidelines also continue the effort to get parents to get rid of all types of crib bumper pads.  That explains all those cute, fluffy pillows could pose a strangulation risk.  Instead, the baby should be the only thing in the crib except for a tight fitting sheet.

Remember the campaign "Back to Sleep" is a reminder that babies are safest when they sleep on their back.  

Also, using a pacifier during naptime is also linked to a reduced risk for SIDS.

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