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Parents know the wisdom of putting their babies to sleep on their backs as a way to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Now new research has found that sending them off to dreamland face up may prevent many fevers, stuffy noses, or ear infections, too.

A study conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that back sleepers needed to visit the doctor less often for ear infections than stomach sleepers.

“Ear infections are quite common in infants and young children,” says Howard Hoffman, director of NIH’s National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics program, “and as many parents know, can be a cause of concern, especially when they occur during the first few months of life. This is more evidence for parents to put infants to sleep on their backs.”                                           

National Institutes of Health

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