Patrick L. Carolan, MD
David Perlstein, MD, MBA, FAAP
David Perlstein, MD, MBA, FAAP
Dr. Perlstein received his Medical Degree from the University of Cincinnati and then completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at The New York Hospital, Cornell medical Center in New York City. After serving an additional year as Chief Pediatric Resident, he worked as a private practitioner and then was appointed Director of Ambulatory Pediatrics at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx.
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Does the supine (back) sleep position cause any problems for infants?
Recent studies have evaluated the effect of back sleeping on an infant's motor development. Babies younger than 1 year of age who slept on their backs showed slightly decreased upper trunk strength as reflected in mild delays in their ability to crawl, sit upright unassisted, or pull to stand.
What support is available to parents who are coping with an infant loss due to SIDS?
Most areas within the United States have access to support services for families following a SIDS death. Each family's grief is unique. However, many families that have experienced SIDS have found it helpful to use the counseling resources that may be provided through public-health nursing agencies, local coroner, or medical examiner offices, or information and counseling programs based at many children's hospitals across the country.
Losing a child is a unique crisis for any family, especially when the child has died suddenly, unexpectedly, and for no apparent reason.
Grieving is a normal process when dealing with the loss of a loved one. Family, friends, neighbors, workplace, or faith communities may all serve as sources of support. It is important to remember that you are not alone. There are formal support groups and counseling programs available to help you cope with your loss. For further information, you may contact these groups:
National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, NICHD/Back to Sleep Campaign
First Candle (SIDS Alliance)
Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs (a national network of SIDS support groups)
Minnesota Sudden Infant Death Center
National SUID/SIDS Resource Center
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/9/2015
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