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Sleeping on stomach cause baby problems?

Sleeping on stomach cause baby problems?

Yes: Belly sleeping was popular in the us from the post wwi period until the 90"s. People thought it might prevent problems if they spit up. Unfortunately the oriental cultures (belly sleeping is taboo) had a better plan. Crib death has declined in the us by 40-50% since we recognized back sleeping was safer. After 4-5m, they will roll & sleep as they want.(this is past the period of most risk). ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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When is it safe to allow a baby to sleep on his stomach?

When is it safe to allow a baby to sleep on his stomach?

Rolling over: Once a baby can roll over well, both directions, between his stomach and his back - this usually occurs by about age 6 months. Before this is true, babies should sleep only on their back to help prevent sids. ...Read more

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Can you tell me exactly when is it safe to allow a baby to sleep on its stomach?

Can you tell me exactly when is it safe to allow a baby to sleep on its stomach?

Varies : I don't put them down on their bellies until after a year of age. After they begin to turn over on their own around 4-5 mo the stastical risk of crib death has declined & i don't wake them to re-position them. ...Read more

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My 1 month old baby is comfortable when lied down on stomach. Is this ok for her to sleep in this posotion ?

My 1 month old baby is comfortable when lied down on stomach. Is this ok for her to sleep in this posotion ?

Prevent possible SID: We would be happier if she would sleep on her back, because she has less of a chance of getting sids try to get her to sleep on her back. ...Read more

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My baby is 5 months old 4 weeks early etc, she constantly rolls over on her stomach to sleep i put her on her back, but she wont stay should I worry?

My baby is 5 months old 4 weeks early etc, she constantly rolls over on her stomach to sleep i put her on her back, but she wont stay should I worry?

Sleeping: By five months she has become mature enough so that you dont have to worrr about sids also there is less of a problem of sids during the summer months. ...Read more

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My 5m2w baby is put to sleep on her back but right away changes her position to be on her stomach. I change her when I'm awake but worry when I sleep.

My 5m2w baby is put to sleep on her back but right away changes her position to be on her stomach. I change her when I'm awake but worry when I sleep.

No worries...: Healthy babies in America are recommended to sleep alone (face up until able to roll over, then whatever babies want) in a safe bassinet or crib, from the time they are born. It is not possible nor advisable to constantly watch a baby nor be with a baby while he is sleeping (parents need their rest!). No worries... as what shall be shall be. Parents should not hover over their children too much. ...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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My baby 5 month old always sleep at night on her stomach is that normal or there's any risk for her?

My baby 5 month old always sleep  at night on her stomach is that normal or there's any risk for her?

Normal: Although there is still risk for SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) most 5 month old should be ok sleepung on their tummies. I would avoid any loose blankets and toys in the crib. ...Read more

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My baby is a month old and he make sound as if he have pains in a stomach and he doesn't sleep for long...please I need help ?

My baby is a month old and he make sound as if he have pains in a stomach and he doesn't sleep for long...please I need help ?

Stomach pain: This is a difficult age to figure out symptoms because your baby can't verbalize. Common problems at this age are colic and reflux. Have him examined to rule out other causes and discuss management with your doctor. All the best. ...Read more

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I always put my baby to sleep on his back, but he rolls over onto his stomach. He knows how to roll both ways. Can i leave him on his stomach?

I always put my baby to sleep on his back, but he rolls over onto his stomach.  He knows how to roll both ways.  Can i leave him on his stomach?

Sleep: If he is older than 6 months i would not worry too much about the problem of sids. If he sleeps on his stomach, no harm done. If he is a newborn or slightly older you might try swaddling him. ...Read more