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Babies Should Sleep in Parents' Room First Year

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is recommending that babies sleep in the same room as their parents, but in their own crib or bassinet for the first year of life to reduce the risk of sudden death, according to an AAP news release. The policy is an update to the AAP’s “back-to-sleep” program, and in response to reports of increased crib deaths from suffocation, entrapment and asphyxia.

Breastfeeding and providing a safe sleep area are two of the AAP’s recommendations for preventing SIDS, but sadly they also suggest that vaccinating your baby will help. This is dubious at best because the fact is that sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and vaccination are inextricably connected. As reported by Barbara Loe Fisher at the National Vaccine Information Center, this is mainly overlooked because “death certificates of many babies who die shortly after vaccination are listed as SIDS instead of vaccine injury.”

SIDS aside, the inconvenient truth is that America’s babies today are born at considerable risk. For example, toxic exposures and lack of nutrition and beneficial microbes in utero and after birth can contribute to a wide variety of health problems. Insufficient vitamin D is a particular concern, since it can lead to rickets (soft, weakened bones) and a lower immune system.

Because their mothers are most likely deficient during this season, babies born during the winter can be especially vulnerable to vitamin D deficiency and may even be at increased risk for autism or dyslexia. Therefore, pregnant moms need to concentrate on getting foods high in vitamin D such as wild-caught salmon, and meats from organic, grass-fed cows. Supplementation is also an option.
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