Infant Sleep Guidelines Update

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new sleep recommendations for infants less than one! Below is a summary:

• Place the baby on his or her back on a firm sleep surface such as a crib or bassinet with a tight-fitting sheet.
• Avoid use of soft bedding, including crib bumpers, blankets, pillows and soft toys. The crib should be bare.
• Share a bedroom with parents, but not the same sleeping surface, preferably until the baby turns 1 but at least for the first six months. Room-sharing decreases the risk of SIDS by as much as 50 percent.
• Avoid baby’s exposure to smoke, alcohol and illicit drugs.
• Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.
• Do not use home monitors or commercial devices, including wedges or positioners, marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.
• Infants should receive all recommended vaccinations.
• Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development.


Flu and Cold Season

The Flu

  • Flu season starts in the fall and ends in late spring
  • Signs and symptoms of the flu include fever, chills, headache, body ache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Children with the flu typically appear fatigued and ill
  • Please consult with your pediatrician to see if your child needs to be seen right away

The Flu Vaccine

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends influenza vaccination for all children older than 6 months
  • Live nasal vaccine is no longer recommended due to decreased protection against the flu virus and will not be administered during this flu season
  • It is recommended to get vaccinated as early as possible during the fall
  • Side effects of the flu vaccine are mild compared to the flu illness
  • Moms who are pregnant or breastfeeding should receive the influenza vaccine to protect their unborn or infant children
  • Immunizing your children is the best way to prevent influenza infection and its associated potentially life threatening complications

The Common Cold

  • Cold season is also from the fall to the spring
  • Signs and symptoms include runny nose, mild fever, sore throat, cough, decreased appetite
  • Cold symptoms are typically milder than flu symptoms
  • Spread through contact with another person with the virus


  • Be sure your child stays hydrated with frequent small sips of fluids
  • If your child is running a fever, you can treat at home with Tylenol or Ibuprofen as recommended by your pediatrician (please note that children less than 6 months old should not receive Ibuprofen)
  • If your child is diagnosed with the flu, your pediatrician may prescribe a prescription medicine
  • Avoid over the counter cold medicines without first talking to your pediatrician


  • Good hand washing
  • Avoid contact with people who are ill with the cold or flu
  • We can’t stress this enough, get your child vaccinated with the flu vaccine!

Please call us at Alpha Pediatrics with any further concerns or questions!