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Swaddling and the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome:
A Meta-Analysis: (May 2016) A study in Pediatrics
discusses swaddling as a traditional practice of wrapping
infants to promote calming and sleep. Although the
benefits and risks of swaddling in general have been studied,
the practice in relation to sudden infant death syndrome remains
unclear. The goal of this study was to conduct an
individual-level meta-analysis of sudden infant death syndrome
risk for infants swaddled for sleep. To read the full
American Academy of Pediatrics Expands Recommendations
on Infant Safe Sleep: On October 18, 2011, the American Academy of
Pediatrics (AAP) released new recommendations to reduce SIDS and
Sleep Related Infant Deaths, expanding its guidelines on safe sleep
for babies, with additional information for caregivers on creating a
safe environment for babies to sleep.
Read the media release by
The policy statement is available by
The technical report is available by
NEW CPSC Mandatory Crib Standards:
(April 2011) The new CPSC mandatory standard for
cribs goes into effect June 28, 2011. Compliance with this
rule for child care facilities, family child care homes, hotels,
and other places of public accomodation is required by December
28, 2012. For more information on these standards,
click here. The Juvenile Products Manufacturer's
Association also has information on crib compliance on their
Serotonin Research: (Feb.
2010) The brains of infants who die of sudden infant death
syndrome (SIDS) produce low levels of serotonin, a brain
chemical that conveys messages between cells and plays a vital
role in regulating breathing, heart rate, and sleep, reported
researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health.
To read the National Institute of Health News Release,
click here. To view an abstract of the journal
Infant Sleep Positioners:
(Sept. 2010) The FDA and the Consumer Product Safety
Commission have both issued warnings against the use of infant
Click here to read this consumer update.
Click here to view the American Academy of Pediatrics'
Policy Statement, The Changing Concept of Sudden Infant
Death Syndrome: Diagnostic Coding Shifts, Controversies
Regarding the Sleeping Environment, and New Variables to
Consider in Reducing Risk. (Nov. 2005)
Bumper Pads: (Sept.
Click here to view Deaths and Injuries Attributed to Infant Crib Bumper Pads.
A compelling research article that
supports the benefits of decorating baby's room and NOT the
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