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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: roogs | 2004/11/03

Q.

Sleeping of Infant on stomach

My daughter is five months old and I let her sleep on her stomach and sometimes she just drank her bottle and then sleeps on her tummy. I read that it is not good for the back to sleep on your stomach. Is this good for? How should I make her sleep?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

The official guideline is that babies should sleep on their backs, especially when they are very young. If she is old enough to turn herself you do not have to force her into any particular position, but do ensure that there are no unecessary fluffy toys, cushions etc. in the cot.

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/11/03

Since mothers have been advised to put their babies on their sides or their backs to sleep, there has been a drop of about 70% in cot deaths. It is dangerous to let your baby sleep on her stomach. It will not harm her back though, although apparently sleeping on your side or back is best for your back.

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