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Sleep Needs and Risks
Newborn babies tend to sleep about 16 hours a day, usually in periods of three to four hours. Initially, your baby may only be able to stay awake for an hour or two at a time. Over time, however, they’ll get into a sleep pattern and likely begin sleeping for longer stretches.
All babies under one year old, and particularly under six months, are at risk for sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. This takes place during sleep, and there are a few factors that increase the likelihood of SIDS:
Doctors are unsure if having a sibling who died from SIDS might increase risk factors. Blocked airways can also lead to sudden unexpected infant death, or SUID.
Sleep Location and Safety
It’s important to keep your baby safe while sleeping, and a large part of safety is their sleeping location. Here are a few safety tips:
Clothes and Other Items
A few tips related to clothes and other items your child might have include:
For more information on safe sleep for you and your baby, speak to your doctor.
I practice the full range of family medicine including obstetrics, pediatrics, adolescent medicine, adult medicine and some orthopedics. I also perform colposcopy, cryotherapy and vasectomies. Due to the volume of deliveries we do, my practice has evolved to be more centered on women and children’s medicine, although I enjoy all aspects of family medicine.
“Safe Sleep for Baby.” WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/baby-prep-17/slideshow-safe-sleep-for-baby
“Safe sleep for your baby.” March of Dimes. http://www.marchofdimes.org/baby/safe-sleep-for-your-baby.aspx
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.