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Does breastfeeding lower risk of sids?

Does breastfeeding lower risk of sids?

Possibly: There is strong suggestion that it does, but no clear explanation why. http://www.medpagetoday.com/pediatrics/generalpediatrics/27019. ...Read more

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Dr. Holly Maes
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Sids (Definition)

SIDS stands for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It defines as a group sudden death to newborns up to one year of age without an identifiable cause. If a cause of death can be identified, this cannot be defined as SIDS. Certain factors in the US are believed to contribute to a decreased rate Of SIDS, including sleeping on the back instead of the stomach, breast feeding, ...Read more


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How can I prevent my baby from having sids?

How can I prevent my baby from having sids?

For a healthy baby..: ...Without an additional risk factor (such as prematurity or family history of sids), sleeping on her back in a clean, smoke-free, well-ventilated room, without pillows or heavy covers, and without co-sleeping, offers the best chance for avoiding sids. Additional measures may be needed for high-risk babies. ...Read more

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Is there a good diet to have to prevent sids?

Is there a good diet to have to prevent sids?

No: Sids is not related to any diet. There is an increased risk when an infant sleeps on their belly. Back sleeping is recommended, until your infant starts rolling. Other risk factors are cigarette smoke exposure, being in an over heated environment, and not using a pacifier. ...Read more

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How can I prevent sids?

How can I prevent sids?

Sleep position: Babies who sleep on their stomach or side have a higher risk of SIDS, therefore they should always sleep on their back. Pacifier use and background noise, such as a ceiling fan, have been shown to decrease the risk as well. Smokers in the home and overheating have been shown to increase the risk. ...Read more

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How to prevent sids?

How to prevent sids?

Back Sleeping: The major way is for your infant to sleep on their back. Altho not 100% preventative, it is the single best method. Secondly, do not cobed with your child.Even in the best of situations, tragedies have occured. ...Read more

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When my 3 month old who sleeps through the night wakes up, his hands are freezing. I don't over dress him andi use a fan to prevent sids, heat set@ 70?

When my 3 month old who sleeps through the night wakes up, his hands are freezing. I don't over dress him andi use a fan to prevent sids, heat set@ 70?

Common energy saver: Infants in a cool environment often shift blood flow from the top skin down deeper to conserve the heat & energy they use to grow. Fingers, toes, lips & ears are often cooler than surrounding areas.Sleeping in a onzie with mittens & hat is what i reccomend. The cold hands is not a sign of a problem & likely bothers you more than baby.Fans or pacifiers may drop sids risk but not > sleeping on hisback. ...Read more

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Other than a pacifier, sleeping on back, a fan, and not over clothing, what can I do to prevent sids? I constantly worry.

Other than a pacifier, sleeping on back, a fan, and not over clothing, what can I do to prevent sids? I constantly worry.

Dont worry: Easy to say...Difficult to do. If you are following the recommendations of "back to sleep" and the other measures you mention, all is well. Worrying just makes you a wreck. If there is no family history of sids and you don't smoke, odds are very very small sids will occur. I would have a discussion with you in the office over why you worry so we can help ally your anxiety. ...Read more

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Can my diet while breastfeeding prevent my baby's allergies?

Can my diet while breastfeeding prevent my baby's allergies?

No: The american academy of allergy asthma and immunology expert panel does not recommend restricting maternal diet during pregnancy or lactation as a strategy for preventing the development of food allergy. There is insufficient evidence that maternal diet during pregnancy or lactation affects the development or clinical course of food allergy. ...Read more

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How to prevent sudden infant death syndrome?

How to prevent sudden infant death syndrome?

Back Sleeping: The major way is for your infant to sleep on their back. Altho not 100% preventative, it is the single best method. Secondly, do not co-bed with your child.Even in the best of situations, tragedies have occured. ...Read more

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How can I prevent sudden infant death syndrome?

How can I prevent sudden infant death syndrome?

Back to Sleep: We still don't know what causes sids, but we do know ways to reduce the risk of it. The most important thing you can do for your infant is put them on their back when they go to sleep. For a full list of suggestions from the aap on how to reduce the risk of sids, see the link below. http://www.healthychildren.org/english/ages-stages/baby/sleep/pages/preventing-sids.aspx. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


Dr. Scott Katz
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Sudden Infant Death (Definition)

SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) is a condition in which a baby has died for no apparent reason, while sleeping, usually ...Read more