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 »

Signs of sleep deprivation in children and adults

© 2008 Gwen Dewar, all rights reserved You may be very familiar with some of your own signs of sleep deprivation. Besides the really obvious stuff–feeling tired or drowsy–you may also show the following signs (Dement and Vaughan 1999): Being slow to wake up in the morning; needing caffeine to “get going” Having difficulty paying Read More »