What is the safest sleep position for infants?

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What is the safest sleep position for infants?

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With respect to sleeping position, the acknowledged and safe position for infants, until they can turn over on their own at about four months, is back sleeping. We've been able to reduce the risk of sudden infant death by about 50 percent in the last several decades. The question as to whether or not a baby can safely sleep on their side is one that has been researched. There is still differences of opinion whether that is as safe as back sleeping. Our best recommendation is to contact your pediatrician and speak with he or she about any options with respect to side sleeping.

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Richard Pass, RN, BS, was born in Los Angeles. He studied nursing in Portland, Oregon and has since practiced nursing for 35 years, including ICU, Emergency, and Cardiology nursing. Richard started his CPR & Family Safety educational company, Save a Little Life, Inc., in 1999. With Save a Little Life, Inc., Richard presents house calls and classes all over the Los Angeles area. He teaches medical-surgical nursing at California State University, and is married with two grown children and one grandchild.

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