Q: My son is 8 weeks old.  He can lift his head, hold it, and roll it from front to back. He will not sleep on his back. I'm afraid of SIDS, but he only cries and screams when he's on his back. Is it safe for him to sleep on his stomach? Is there a way to help him sleep on his back?

A: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all newborns sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of SIDS.  The SIDS rate has actually decreased by almost 50% since the start of the Back to Sleep campaign.  Swaddling can greatly help a baby sleep better on his back, so give that a try.  In addition, talk to your pediatrician about other possible reasons that your baby may be uncomfortable sleeping on his back, such as reflux, and other ways to remedy the discomfort.

Answered by Dr. Jodi Mindell



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