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    Stomach sleeping linked to sudden death in people with epilepsy
    People with epilepsy who sleep on their stomachs may be at greater risk of sudden unexpected death, according to new research. The study, published in the Jan. 21 online issue of Neurology, reports that patients under 40 are particularly...
  • Getting Grief Right, by Patrick O'Malley
    Getting Grief Right, by Patrick O'Malley
    This well written essay is about a mother who lost a baby to SIDSwhich I discovered in the New York Times. SIDS is a type of loss that sometimes does not get the attention it deserves. The essayis fromCouch,a series about psychotherapy at nytimes...
  • SIDS is on the rise in United States
    Study shows half of U.S. infants are at preventable risk for SIDS
    Sadly, U.S. parents may be increasing their baby’s death rate without knowing it. The use of unsafe bedding, pillows and other crib materials is on the rise and contributing to a growth of sudden infant death syndrome or suffocation. New ...
  • Does your infant sleep with hazardous bedding?
    Does your infant sleep with hazardous bedding?
    According to a new study, the presence of hazardous bedding in infant sleeping areas remains a common problem. The study was published online on December 1 in the journal Pediatrics.The study authors note that hazardous bedding is defined by the...
  • Removing loose bedding in cribs reduces SIDS rate in infants
    More than half of U.S. babies may be at risk of SIDS
    More than half of American babies are placed in their cribs to sleep on bedding that raises their risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), according to a new study.Loose bedding such as thick blankets, quits, and pillows can block an infant...
  • Sleeping on sofas may be deadly for infants
    Sleeping on sofas may be deadly for infants
    Although no one knows what causes Sudden Infant Death Syndome (SIDS), medical experts have long acquainted how and where a baby sleeps may increase the risk, including placing an infant to sleep while lying on the stomach or the side, especially...
  • Sleeping on sofas can cause infant deaths
    Sleeping on sofas can cause infant deaths
    A new study evaluated the risk of death among infants sleeping on sofas. They noted that previous research has found that sleeping on sofas increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related deaths. Therefore, they...
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    SIDS risk factor differs between younger and older infants
    Bed sharing and rolling on object cited as risk factorsSudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is defined as the sudden death of an infant less than 1 year of age that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted, SIDS is the...
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    Flat Head Syndrome: Causes, treatments and tips for prevention
    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) "Back to Sleep" program is credited for saving countless infants from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), but the number of babies with cranial asymmetry has been on the rise ever since the...
  • Sleeping baby
    Brainstem abnormalities linked to increased risk of SIDS
    Infants who die suddenly or unexpectedly may have abnormalities in their brainstems, according to a study published in the Nov. 11 online edition of Pediatrics.The brainstem abnormalities – factors that impair breathing, blood control, heart...
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    Chemical basis for sudden infant death syndrome discovered
    Dr. Hannah Kinney, a neuropathologist at Boston Children's Hospital, and colleagues reported the first comprehensive study of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) that points to a common set of brain chemical abnormalities in all cases in the...
  • MOther and child
    Bed-sharing with infants on the rise despite risks
    Previous studies have shown that bed-sharing increases an infant’s risk of death from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or other sleep-related causes, including accidental suffocation and entrapment in bedding.Despite these risks, the...
  • Infants
    African American infants have greater mortality rate than white infants
    According to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), survival odds are much worse for African American infants during their first year for than white babies.In a report published in the CDC’s Aug. 9...
  • Co-sleeping
    SIDS risk increases with co-sleeping
    Robert Carpenter, professor at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, along with other researchers, reviewed data on five previous studies related to SIDS. The researchers "separated out each factor linked with increased SIDS...
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    Nearly half of babies have flat spots on their heads
    A Canadian study published in the July 8 online Pediatrics reports that 47 percent of examined infants exhibited some signs of positional plagiocephaly or flat spots on their heads. These results were higher than expected based on previous studies...