When your newborn lies on his stomach and practices lifting his head, it prepares him to explore the world on his own. “Tummy time helps your infant build strength in his back, legs, arms and neck,” says Joanne Cox, M.D., a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Boston. “This helps with further development, such as rolling over and sitting.”
There is a battle brewing about a staple in parents' baby-care arsenals: swaddling.
When you have questions about your baby’s health, you likely turn to your pediatrician for answers. But a recent survey of more than 1,000 baby docs found that 92 percent believed in at least one “old wives’ tale.” Here’s the truth about six common health myths.
MYTH: Giving infants rice cereal helps them sleep through the night.
Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston annouced today that they may have found the reason why babies are so vunerable to sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.
Infants who died of SIDS had 26 percent lower levels of serotonin, which helps regulate automatic functions according to the study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
For many women, pregnancy and delivery are small potatoes compared with the sheer panic that sets in once their baby enters the world. While it’s natural to be anxious about mastering your new responsibility, the hospital is not making a mistake by sending you home with your newborn, says New York pediatrician Michel Cohen, M.D., author of The New Basics: A-to-Z Baby & Child Care for the Modern Parent (ReganBooks, 2004).
World-renowned sleep researcher James McKenna, Ph.D., is among those challenging the recent conclusion by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) task force on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) that sharing a bed with your infant is more dangerous than putting her in a crib. (However, the AAP does recommend placing babies to sleep close to their parents but on a different surface, such as in a bedside co-sleeper.)
A new year, a new study about babies and sleep: Federal health officials report that infant deaths blamed on accidental strangulation and suffocation in bed have increased sharply in the U.S., The New York Times reports. The news has reignited a simmering debate over the rising number of parents who sleep with their babies, also known as "bed-sharing" or "co-sleeping."
Two new reports on co-sleeping with a baby were released this week, adding to the confusion that seems to dog this practice.
It's natural to want to be near your baby 24/7. But experts have differing opinions when it comes to sharing your bed with an infant. "We don't know how to make bed sharing safe," says pediatrician Rachel Moon, M.D., a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on SIDS, which recommends not bed-sharing as a way to prevent SIDS.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is something no parent wants to think about but should. According to First Candle/SIDS Alliance, a national nonprofit organization based in Baltimore, SIDS is the No. 1 cause of death in infants between ages 1 month and 1 year. Known risk factors associated with SIDS include stomach sleeping; smoking in the home; overdressing the baby; and placing pillows, blankets, bumpers and other soft items in the crib.
You no doubt know that placing your baby to sleep on her back dramatically reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). But did you know that putting her on her belly when she's awake is also important?