TUESDAY, Oct. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics say breast-feeding and proper immunizations can both lower baby's risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Those are two new recommendations issued Tuesday as part of the AAP's updated SIDS guidelines.
Since 1992, when the AAP recommended that all babies should be placed on their backs to sleep, SIDS has declined sharply in the United States, according to an AAP news release. But sleep-related deaths from other causes such as suffocation, entrapment and accidental strangulation have increased.
The updated guidelines, slated for Oct. 18 release at the AAP's national meeting in Boston, are published online and in the November print issue of the journal Pediatrics. They offer additional advice for parents to create a safe sleeping environment for their babies and include three important new recommendations:
Among the other recommendations for parents:
The Nemours Foundation has more about sleep and newborns.
-- Robert Preidt
SOURCE: American Academy of Pediatrics, news release, Oct. 12, 2011
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