Posts Tagged ‘SIDS’

Doctors should encourage breastfeeding. Best for mother, baby. All groups agree.

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Want to give your baby the best?  Feed him/her only mother’s milk for the first 12 months.  An added incentive is it helps the mother’s health, also.  I thought everybody knew breastfeeding was the ideal until a woman asked me if the new report from the Annals of Internal Medicine , which reiterates this, was accurate.  October’s Annals updates previous recommendations by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that health-care providers should do all they can to actively support breast feeding.

Why do they feel the need to call for more support?


Keeping Fan on in Baby’s Room Decreases SIDS Risk

Monday, October 13th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

There is an exciting new study in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine this month. It reveals a practical, simple way to potentially reduce the risk of SIDS.

SIDS stands for sudden infant death syndrome.  It’s the unexpected, sudden death of a sleeping child under age 1.  The cause is unexplained.  An NIH “Back to Sleep” campaign, started in 1992, has largely been attributed for the 56-percent decrease in SIDS over the last 10 years.  If you have a baby under a year of age, please click on that link.

Two of the major changes were to always lay your baby on his or her back for sleep, even naps.  Also never have your baby sleep on or under soft bedding.

The rate of SIDS in the U.S. decreased from 1.2 deaths per thousand babies in 1992 to 0.53 deaths per thousand (around 2000) in 2003.  Lately the rate has plateaued but is still unacceptable.  What other things can we do to decrease the SIDS rate even lower?  The study gives us hints.


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