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Infants Who Normally Sleep on Their Backs at Increased Risk for SIDS if Placed on Their Stomachs

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  • Infants placed on their stomachs, but who are accustomed to sleeping on their backs, have an 18-fold increase risk of dying from SIDS.
  • Infants who normally sleep on their stomachs have a fourfold increased risk of SIDS compared to those who sleep on their backs.
  • Parents should give instructions on sleeping position to grandparents and other child-care providers.


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