The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released a report on infant deaths.
The findings are alarming.
Infants under one year old account for nearly half of all deaths in the U.S. There are a number of reasons infants die: from preventable illnesses like pneumonia, gastroenteritis, and respiratory infections.
But the AAP recommends that parents seek immediate care for their children.
They also advise parents to seek emergency medical help if they feel they are in imminent danger.
The AAP report also includes recommendations for parents who want to keep their children in the home but don’t want to be in a hospital, or who don’t know how to care for a child in the house.
There’s no clear-cut answer as to what to do if a child is unable to breathe.
In some cases, it’s best to send them home to sleep.
In other cases, you may need to take them to the emergency room.
The report recommends that doctors refer the child to a doctor or a hospital for observation.
If the child is able to breathe, the pediatric emergency department can provide support.
If not, the hospital will call a pediatric emergency physician or an emergency nurse practitioner.
You can call the AAP hotline at 1-800-426-4242 to find out how to make a referral.