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Is your baby at risk? New guidelines for infant safe-sleep

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About 3,500 babies die every year from sleep-related deaths and now the American Academy of Pediatrics is issuing new recommendations for safe sleep for infants.

Under the new guidelines, the group recommends infants share their parent's bedroom, room-sharing without bed-sharing, for at least the first six months of life and ideally the first year.

"The studies that were done looking at the reduction in risk of SIDS really were done throughout the first year of life and we know that reduction can be as much as 50 percent,” Dr. Lori Feldman-Winter with Cooper University Hospital said.

The study recommends offering a pacifier at nap and bedtimes, do not use monitors or devices marketed to reduce SIDS, and babies should get plenty of supervised awake tummy time to promote development.

Feldman-Winter also suggested mothers to breastfeed as it can reduce the risk of SIDS by as much as 70-percent.

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