Video: AAP Releases Guidelines on Media Use, SIDS Prevention

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released recommendations for parents and caregivers regarding media use for children. From an early age, children are immersed in digital media, which could have both positive and negative effects on development. The guidelines are intended to help families balance screen time with physical activity, hands-on exploration, and face-to-face social interaction.

The AAP has also released updated recommendations for creating a safe sleep environment for infants in order to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The policy statement addresses the use of bedside and in-bed sleepers and adds to recommendations on how to create a safe sleep environment. Approximately 3,500 infants die annually in the United States from sleep-related deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS); ill-defined deaths; and accidental suffocation and strangulation.

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