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Baby Sleeps On Tummy (Overview)

Babies should not sleep on their tummies, because this increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. Babies should be placed on their backs to sleep.


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Can a newborn baby sleep on their tummy?

Can a newborn baby sleep on their tummy?

Safety issue: In the 90's the world data showed higher rates of crib death in all cultures that belly slept their babies. After the "Back to sleep" campaign has been in effect in the US, the crib death rate has fallen 40% in most populations studied. The can sleep on their tummy, but I would never suggest it unless there was a specific medical condition where they must. ...Read more

Baby Sleeps On Tummy (Overview)

Babies should not sleep on their tummies, because this increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. Babies should be placed on their backs to sleep.


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Is it dangerous for my baby to sleep on her tummy?

Is it dangerous for my baby to sleep on her tummy?

Yes: It is a somewhat dangerous for a baby to sleep on his/her tummy, even though few babies die of sids. Years ago in america, when babies slept on their tummies, about 3 babies out of every 1000 would die of sids. Nowadays, when babies sleep on their backs, about 1 to 1.5 babies per 1000 die of sids. So, the chances dying from sids is higher if sleeping on his/her tummy. ...Read more

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My 4.5 months old baby just started sleeping his tummy, is it safe?

My 4.5 months old baby just started sleeping his tummy, is it safe?

Start on back always: Once a baby begins to turn over it is hard to control how they will end up sleeping in the night.However, you should always start them on their back, regardless of how they end up.The crib death risk has peaked and is declining at 4.5m, but it is not gone.To be practical i don't spend the night re-positioning a baby on its back, but i start them out that way. ...Read more

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What can I do if my baby will only sleep on his tummy?

What can I do if my baby will only sleep on his tummy?

Back to Sleep: An infant should not be put to sleep on their tummy as it increases the risk for sids by a factor of 5. Your baby can and will learn to sleep on their back. You just need to be firm, consistent and patient. Not only will they sleep better, you will have more authority with your child down the road. ...Read more

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12 weeks pre will it hirt baby if i sleep on my tummy?

12 weeks pre will it hirt baby if i sleep on my tummy?

No problem: Let you comfort be your guide. If you feel more comfortable sleeping on your tummy, you will not harm the baby. ...Read more

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When can babies sleep on their belly?

When can babies sleep on their belly?

Depends on age: There is a higher incidence of sudden infant death syndrome if babies sleep on their bellies than on their backs or sides. It is recommended to prop them so they do not roll on their stomachs but when they get old enough to roll on their own yu can't help iit and then it is ok for them to sleep on their bellies! ...Read more

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Our child (8mo) is in a spica cast. She was previously a tummy sleeper. She will not sleep for more than an hour except on top of us. What do we do?

Our child (8mo) is in a spica cast. She was previously a tummy sleeper. She will not sleep for more than an hour except on top of us. What do we do?

Spica cast: First question that comes to mind is why is infant in a spica cast. If problem is significant then the orthopedic doc who is taking care of the child should be consulted to see if the child can be made more comfortable. A mild pain killer like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin and or choral hydrate can be used temporarily at night to help the infant sleep. Infants adapt easily to such challenges and patience ... ...Read more

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My baby cries whenever I put her to sleep on her tummy, they say I have to do that 4 her lungs to be strong?

My baby cries whenever I put her to sleep on her tummy, they say I have to do that 4 her lungs to be strong?

Who told you that ?: The american academy of pediatrics & many other advisory groups have promoted sleeping on a babies back since the early 90's. Since that time we have seen a 40-50% drop in crib death over that period. I know of no one that advises belly sleeping for any reason, although if baby rolls into that position after 6m i don't try to change it. Tummy time while awake can help build upper body strength. ...Read more

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My baby is sleep trained, but since she learned to roll over she ends up on her tummy while sleeping and she wakes up and cries. What should I do?

My baby is sleep trained, but since she learned to roll over she ends up on her tummy while sleeping and she wakes up and cries. What should I do?

Age? Formula?: I applaud your training your baby to sleep and your awareness of sids when the baby is on its stomach. Once the baby can roll over and is over 4-6 months those risks are decreased and you can continue sleep training. Depending on the age and diet i can tell you whether it is normal to sleep through the night. ...Read more

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My 5month old baby cries from her sleep due to tummy ache, is it because she eats in the middle of the night without burping .

My 5month old baby cries from her sleep due to tummy ache, is it because she eats in the middle of the night without burping .

Colic: At this age the likely cause is colic. This is the intestine adjusting to processing what he nantes has eaten. The infant will outgrow this by 8-10 months. ...Read more

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My 5 mnth baby has a lazy eye started after tummy sleeping 1 wk ago & more pressure on that side lead to slight swellin on that eye? Fine otherwise.

For safe sleep, put : him in his crib on his back when he is drowsy, but awake after feeding, wiping his mouth out with a soft cloth & reading to him at the same time nightly. If he rolls over, there's not much you can do. Eye turning is from a problem in the nerve to an eye muscle , the junction of the nerve & muscle, or the muscle. Seek referral to a pediatric ophthalmologist to prevent true amblyopia or lazy eye. ...Read more

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Runny bum feel like puking after i eat its worse . Throw up little in mouth when sleeping funny pee smell , very gassy tummy feels ill not flu or baby?

Runny bum feel like puking after i eat its worse . Throw up little in mouth when sleeping funny pee smell , very gassy tummy feels ill not flu or baby?

Possibly gall bladde: Problems with your gall bladder can lead to gas, feeling full right away, nausea, and turn your urine dark. However, they don't usually cause an odd smell unless you are having problems with the liver as well.... A bladder infection can also lead to the same symptoms. Get seen soon, and they will likely check your urine and blood after talking to you and examining you. ...Read more

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When is it ok to put my baby to sleep on her side or belly?

When is it ok to put my baby to sleep on her side or belly?

1 years: Studies show that babies who are put to sleep on their backs have lower rates of sudden infant death syndrome (sids). While it's true that your crawling 10 month old will likely roll around in his sleep, the official recommendation is that children under the age of 1 year should be put to sleep on their backs. ...Read more

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When is it safe for my child to sleep on her belly?

When is it safe for my child to sleep on her belly?

When they can roll: When babies can roll over, and do it well from front to back, it is safe for them to sleep on their bellies because they can push themselves over if they need. Of course, when they can roll from front to back and they go to their bellies on their own, it is beyond your control! ...Read more

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How old does a baby have to be b4 they can sleep on their stomach?

How old does a baby have to be b4 they can sleep on their stomach?

When they can roll..: While you should put them to sleep on their back until at least age one, you don't need to stay in the room al night and flip them back once they have good head control and can easily roll themselves over both ways, usually around 6 months of age. This may be different if they were premature or have any neurologic problems - then it's a lot later. ...Read more

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My 4m old baby tends to sleep longer when sleeps on his belly.Can this pose any health problem 4 him in future.If yes pls guide how to change it?

My 4m old baby tends to sleep longer when sleeps on his belly.Can this pose any health problem 4 him in future.If yes pls guide how to change it?

Baby to sleep on back: Babiy while sleeping on belly may vomit because of the pressure on belly, and the vomitted material may go to lungs causing pneumonia . so it is not recommended the baby to sleep on belly ..you can put your baby on back or on side with left side up .hope this will help ...Read more

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Should I worry if my child rolls onto his belly while sleeping?

Should I worry if my child rolls onto his belly while sleeping?

No: When the baby begins to roll over, this is a milestone of neuromuscular development/ progress. Although I am not aware of any research data, we believe that restraints to hold the baby on their back are not appropriate. And when able to roll, sids natural safety probably is increased. ...Read more

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Why does my stomach still hurt when I sleep on it even though I had my baby 9 months ago?

Why does my stomach still hurt when I sleep on it even though I had my baby 9 months ago?

Depends: Iy could be the muscles are still not strengthened but more than likely it is nothing to be alarmed anout. Does your belly button stick out funny or your muscles look strained if you crunch? If really concerned talk to your dr. It might be just habit. ...Read more

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