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Question by Beau
Submitted on 9/22/2003
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My child is 6 months old and we always place her on her stomach for sleep, but she continues to roll over onto her stomach.  I wake up every hour to roll her back over.  Obviously this is difficult, I know she is going to roll over.  Is my only option to continue to wake up every hour and turn her over, hoping she doesn't wake up in the process.

Answer by B
Submitted on 9/30/2003
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Try placing your child on her side maybe up against a pillow or some kind of surface to help keep her that way.


Answer by Francine
Submitted on 10/14/2003
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My advice is to not put a pillow in her crib, especially if she can roll and squirm.  I know that this is something that may be hard to read.  I lost my daughter to SIDS one month ago yesterday, and she was the exact same way.  I'd put her on her back for sleep, go check on her about every half hour and she was 10 days short of 6 mths and could squirm and roll.  She'd always roll on to her belly.  And every half hour, I'd roll her back over to her back.  I took every precaution that they recommend you take to prevent SIDS.  The truth is that when it happens it happens and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it.  We started CPR within minutes, and it did not help.  We found out later, that it never does in SIDS cases.    
My advice to you, is that if she can roll over, let her. My other two children always slept on their stomaches, and they were fine.  The truth is that SIDS is unpreventable, and more research needs to be done to answer the question why it happens and if it can someday be prevented.  For now, we have to live with the fact that you can take every precaution that they throw out there, and it still happens, even to babies on their backs.  The majority of babies find their own comfy sleeping positions and are fine.    


Answer by TPRASAD
Submitted on 12/29/2005
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I would go to a store and buy a baby positioner.  this worked for us.  It has blockers on both sides that are too high to let them roll over.


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