The American Academy Of Pediatrics Issued Two New Guidelines On Tuesday To Help Prevent SIDS, Or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Keep Reading To Learn What They Are And Why They Might Help Prevent SIDS.

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued two new guidelines on Tuesday to help prevent SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Keep reading to learn what they are and why they might help prevent SIDS.
The American Academy of Pediatrics issued two new guidelines on Tuesday to help prevent SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The AAP suggests that parents use both breastfeeding and vaccinations to reduce the risk of SIDS. In addition, the group advises parents not to use bumper pads under any circumstances.

Breastfeeding

Rachel Moon, M.D., FAAP, of the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C, chairperson of the AAP SIDS task force and lead author of the new guidelines, says that the AAP suggests breastfeeding as a method of reducing the risk of SIDS. However, Dr. Moon acknowledges that researchers don't necessarily understand how breastfeeding lowers the risk of SIDS, but that research has shown that it does in fact lower the SIDS risk. She says that it could be the "anti-inflammatory properties of breastfeeding, or it may have to do with the fact that breastfeeding decreases infections in babies, because we know that babies who die of SIDS are more likely to have had a recent infection. It could be a whole host of things, and there are researchers that are looking at that."

Vaccinations

The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends vaccinations to cut down on the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The group claims that evidence shows that vaccines can reduce the risk by up to 50 percent. Although many parents worry that vaccines actually increase the SIDS risk, Dr. Moon says that's not the case. She explained why she believes parents have that impression: "I think it's largely because the high risk period of SIDS is between 2 and 4 months, and that's when babies start getting a lot of immunizations." However, Dr. Moon maintains that research shows that babies who are fully immunized have half the risk of dying from SIDS. Additionally, research has shown no cause-and-effect relationship between SIDS deaths and vaccines.

No more crib bumpers

Finally, the AAP guidelines specifically note that parents should never use crib bumpers in their babies' cribs. This marks the first time the AAP has taken such a stance on crib bumpers. "Since [2005], there have been some published studies looking at bumper pads, and we concluded that if there's no reason for them to be in the crib, it's better to just have them out of there, particularly in light of the deaths that have been reported, that have been associated with the bumper pads," said Dr. Moon.
(Source: CNN)
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