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Back to Sleep and Other Ways to Lower Your Child’s Risk of SIDS

Back to Sleep and Other Ways to Lower Your Child’s Risk of SIDS

Always place your baby on their back to sleep, and never put them to sleep on their belly. If they roll in the night, it’s ok to leave them, as this indicates they have the core strength to roll as needed. To develop that core strength, your child needs lots of “tummy time” while awake—but be sure to supervise them to keep them safe.

Two other strategies proven to decrease your child’s risk of SIDS include putting your child to sleep with a pacifier in their mouth, which can reduce their risk by up to 90%, and breastfeeding your baby, which has been shown to decrease your child’s risk of SIDS by up to 50%. It’s also crucial to remember that smoking or exposing your newborn to smoke or places where people smoke absolutely increases your baby’s risk of SIDS.

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This series of information comes from Dr. Dania Rumbak and Baby Doctor. Dr. Dania Rumbak, co-founder of Baby Doctor, is a fully licensed Pediatrician, board-certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care, and serves as an Assistant Professor at Columbia University Children's Hospital. She is also a mohel, and in her nine years of experience has performed more than 2,000 circumcisions. Baby Doctor offers parents pediatric services on demand. We bring the following services right to your home: Pediatric Urgent Care, Lactation, and Circumcision. Learn more at: www.babydoctor.com

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