New mothers do not receive infant care advice from physicians

Many new mothers do not receive advice from physicians on aspects of infant care such as sleep position, breastfeeding, immunization and pacifier use, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Health care practitioner groups have issued recommendations and guidelines on all these aspects of infant care, based on research which has … Read more

Bed sharing with parents increases SIDS risk

Bed sharing with parents increases risk of cot death fivefold — Rates of sudden infant death would plummet if parents avoided bed sharing, advise authors – Bed sharing with parents is linked to a fivefold increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), even when the parents are non-smokers and the mother has not been drinking alcohol and does not use illegal drugs.

New research will help identify risk factors for SIDS

More evidence has emerged that a chemical imbalance in the brain may play a key role in cot deaths or SIDS revealed by researchers. – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS is a condition that unexpectedly and unexplainably takes the lives of seemingly healthy babies aged between a month and a year. Now researchers of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Monterotondo, Italy, have developed a mouse model of the so-called crib or cot death, which remains the leading cause of death during the first year of life in developed countries.

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