In addition to ridding cribs of bumper pads and placing babies on their backs to sleep, the guidelines also suggest that parents always use a firm sleeping surface for babies and keep it free of soft bedding or objects including blankets, pillows and stuffed animals.
In addition, the AAP recommends having the baby sleep in the same room as the parents, but not in the same bed. The organization discourages the use of wedges, positioners and home monitors or other commercial devices that are marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS. In addition, all mothers should receive regular prenatal care, breastfeed their babies if possible, and avoid smoking during or after their pregnancy.
SIDS and Infant Vaccinations
The possibility of a causal relationship between infant vaccinations and SIDS has been raised, but research by the Institute of Medicine and the Immunization Safety Review Committee found that there is no such relationship, despite the fact that vaccines are often given during the period of the highest incidence of SIDS, The American SIDS Institute reports. Because vaccines have been proven not to cause SIDS, the AAP recommends that infants receive multiple doses of seven different vaccines during the first year of their lives to prevent other illnesses and diseases.
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