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Rolling over and SIDS

Our son was down to only waking up once a night and now has reverted to waking up every 2 to 3 hours.  Randomly, he was put down for a nap on his tummy and slept better than he had in two weeks. I know that "back is best" but since he is over 6 months, can lift his head and can roll over on his own, is there any issue with Tummy Sleeping?

I agree that most children sleep best on their tummies (prone position) and that most cases of SIDS occur prior to 6 months of age (over 90%). However, to reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) I recommend parents place their children on their backs to sleep. Once children are (completely on their own) able to roll over and sleep prone than it is safe. It is impossible for parents to keeping flipping their child over repetitively all night long(though many have tried). Additionally, there is an increased risk of SIDS in children who normally sleep on their back and then are placed prone. To conclude, I would recommend you place him on his back and allow him to flip over and sleep.

 

Written January 2011 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician

 

 

 

 

 

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