Ask the Doctor: Infant sleeping guidelines

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – In this week’s Ask the Doctor segment, we are talking about new recommendations for preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

For more insight, News 8’s Anne Craig spoke with Dr. Beth Collins. Collins is double board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Every year there are 3,500 sudden, unexplained deaths in infants. Now, the American Academy of Pediatrics is updating guidelines.

One of the changes: Having your baby sleep in your bedroom for the first year. That can lower the risk of SIDS by 50 percent, but it’s important to point out the baby should not sleep in your bed.

Check out the video above for Dr. Beth’s answers, and catch News 8 at 5 p.m. every Wednesday for our “Ask the Doctor” segments.

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