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Will my baby choke sleeping on its back while preventing SIDS?

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If you’re worried your baby might choke while sleeping on its back, don't be. Choking is very rare, and healthy babies tend to swallow or cough up fluids automatically. If you’re concerned, ask your pediatrician about elevating the head of your baby's bed.

From: 10 Steps to Help Prevent SIDS WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Rachel Moon, MD, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.

News release, American Academy of Pediatrics.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): “Safe Sleep for Your Baby: Reduce the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).”

American Lung Association: “Preventing SIDS.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “The Changing Concept of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Diagnostic Coding Shifts, Controversies Regarding the Sleeping Environment, and New Variables to Consider in Reducing Risk.”

MayoClinic: “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): Prevention.”

WebMD Medical Reference: “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) - Topic Overview.”

CDC: "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID): Reducing the Risk" and "Sudden Unexpected Death and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - Data and Statistics."

KidsHealth.org: "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)."

Medscape Medical News: "Breast-Feeding May Reduce Risk for SIDS by Half Throughout Infancy."

Dr. Spock.com: "Keeping Your Baby Safe from SIDS."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

SOURCES:

Rachel Moon, MD, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.

News release, American Academy of Pediatrics.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): “Safe Sleep for Your Baby: Reduce the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).”

American Lung Association: “Preventing SIDS.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “The Changing Concept of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Diagnostic Coding Shifts, Controversies Regarding the Sleeping Environment, and New Variables to Consider in Reducing Risk.”

MayoClinic: “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): Prevention.”

WebMD Medical Reference: “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) - Topic Overview.”

CDC: "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID): Reducing the Risk" and "Sudden Unexpected Death and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - Data and Statistics."

KidsHealth.org: "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)."

Medscape Medical News: "Breast-Feeding May Reduce Risk for SIDS by Half Throughout Infancy."

Dr. Spock.com: "Keeping Your Baby Safe from SIDS."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

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