And as promised, today you are going to learn about proper sleeping posture for infants and newborns.
So, if you have a newborn in the household or you are expecting one, this is what you absolutely need to know.
Having your baby sleep on their back is the safest and significantly decreases the risk of SIDS ( sudden infant death syndrome ) or crib death. And this is especially important during the first 6 months of life when SIDS is at its highest.
Don’t forget that SIDS is responsible for more infant deaths in the US and Canada than any other cause during the first year.
The crib mattress should be firm and covered with one sheet and only one blanket is the safest.
Avoid soft crib mattresses, puffy pillows and quilts, too many stuffed toys etc. as these can block the baby’s airway if they happen to roll over onto their side or stomach.
However, spending time on their stomach is essential while they are awake for 3 very important reasons;
1 – it helps to develop the proper spinal curves.
2 – it helps to develop the neck muscles.
3 – it helps to develop the shoulder and arms muscles.
We are going to conclude this discussion with some very valuable information next week but in the meantime if you have any immediate questions on this topic or any other health concerns that you may have or your family may have, please give us a call.
Remember that consultations in our office are always free of charge and we also offer family appointments.
Our phone number is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me directly by clicking the link found on our home page.
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