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March 17, 1999

Putting Babies "Back to Sleep"

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(11):983-984. doi:10.1001/jama.281.11.983

To the Editor: The authors of the 3 articles13 and the editorial4 that addressed infant sleep position seem to make 2 common assumptions. First is that parents "put" infants to sleep in a certain position. Few infants stay in 1 position once they are "put" to sleep, unless of course they are restrained, such as with tight swaddling. Most infants move during sleep, and when left unrestrained even newborns can change head position and move from side to back or from side to front.

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