Baby Sleep: Guidelines updated to prevent SIDS

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – The guidelines for proper baby sleep practices were recently updated by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The updates come after the American Academy of Pediatrics reviewed new research on baby’s that have died from sudden infant death syndrome also known as (SIDS) and suffocation while they were sleeping.

One of the major differences is experts are now saying you should keep your child in the same room after birth, but not in the same bed.

Having the child closer to you makes response time faster in the event of an emergency.

They add that you should not have anything in the crib with the baby and that the mattress should be firm.

“So we don’t want any stuffed animals in there. We don’t need any pillows in there. We don’t need pets in there. And we really don’t want to have the baby sleeping in the same bed as the adults”, said Dr. Shawn Hollinger who is a neonatologist at Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

Bumper pads are not recommended because they could also be a suffocation hazard.

Experts also say that smoking during and after birth put the child at major risk of developing SIDS.

The American Academy of Pediatric says if you have any questions to check with your pediatrician. They also recommend visiting their website at

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