Sleep requirements in children: An evidence-based guide

© 2008-2014 Gwen Dewar, all rights reserved What are your child’s sleep requirements? Even the experts don’t know for sure. Sleep has a big impact on our well-being, so it’s understandable that parents want to know if their kids are getting enough. Recent research suggests that something as simple as a well-timed nap makes a Read More »

What is SIDS? An overview for the science-minded parent

© 2009 -2014, Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved What is SIDS? Scientists can offer only partial answers. But we know this much: SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome, seems to involve a failure to arouse from sleep during a life-threatening event–like a severe episode of sleep apnea or esophageal reflux (Franco et al 2004). Read More »

SIDS prevention: Hypotheses about reducing risk

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© 2009 – 2013 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved Guidelines for “SIDS prevention” are like guidelines about cancer prevention. Researchers don’t claim they know how to prevent SIDS in any given individual. But they’ve identified a number of practices that appear to increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. Practices to AVOID include: Read More »

Bed sharing with infants: Can it be done safely?

© 2009 – 2013 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved Bed sharing in cross-cultural perspective Throughout human history, babies and mothers have slept together, often sharing a sleep surface (Konner 1981). Is this a safe arrangement? The answer depends on the details. The typical, Western-style bed is not a safe place for babies to sleep. Read More »