New SIDS Guidelines

Amy and John Duncan just had their second baby.  They still worry about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

"I do still keep her close, near me at night. I can just reach over if I need to, and feel her breathe. Just make sure everything's okay," said Amy.

Today, the American Academy of Pediatrics added two new recommendations to help prevent SIDS. First, they say babies should sleep with pacifiers. In a new study, pacifier use led to a sixty-one percent reduction in SIDS risk.

Dr. Marinel Munda is a local pediatrician. She says the reason for this is two fold.

"First, they say that it helps the toungue forward, so it forces the air way to open more.  The second is, infants who are sucking on a pacifier are easily awakened."

For years, doctors discouraged pacifiers, but the new study say benefits far outweigh negatives like ear infections, and potential mouth damage.

The second recommendation is to allow babies to sleep in the room with you.

"I think it's more the awareness of the parents of the baby inside the room," said Munda.

They also reinforced an older guideline. They used to say sleeping on the side was an 'okay' alternative to tummy sleeping. Today the AAP strengthened their stance on back sleeping, calling it the only acceptable sleep position for infants.

Parents concerned about their baby developing a flat spot on their head where they sleep can take precautions to prevent it, and still keep their baby safe.

"When the child is awake, they can have tummy time, but if they are in the supine position, you can turn the head from side to side on a weekly basis," Munda said.

Lindsay Wilcox,, Reporting