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is it safer for a baby to sleep on its back or on its front or on its side?

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Depends on age: Since 1992 when the academy of pediatrics recomended newborn babies sleep on their back, the sudden infant death rate declined about 40% compaired to belly sleeping. Other studies showed side sleeping to be as dangerous as belly. Of interest, oriental cultures never permitted belly sleeping & have the worlds lowest sids rate. After 6mo the sids issue has deminished & baby chooses how they sleep.
Answered on Jun 6, 2012
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
21 years experience Pediatrics
BACK: Always put babies to sleep o their back. Never on side or stomach. The back to sleep campaign has saved more lives by reducing the rate of sids than any other public health campaign in history. Do we need any more proof that back sleeping is best ?
Answered on Sep 15, 2016

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