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4 Your Health: Missing message on SIDS; kids high blood pressure; rapid weight shift in young athletes

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Tucson- The nation's leading pediatricians are warning doctors and parents about rapid weight changes in young athletes.

Many of those athletes use unhealthy methods to lose or gain weight as a way to improve their performance. But doctors say fasting, restricting fluids, or eating too much can cause serious health problems and increase the risk of injury.

Doctors say, instead, athletes should take a more gradual approach to putting on or taking off pounds including a well balanced diet and regular exercise.

Treating kids with high blood pressure

The American Academy Of Pediatrics has also released new guidelines to help doctors diagnose and treat high blood pressure in children.

They include a simpler screening method to identify children at risk and the use of 24 hour monitoring to better diagnose hypertension. The guidelines also recommend prescribing medications if lifestyle changes fail to lower blood pressure.

Spreading the word on SIDS

A new study reveals only 44 percent of parents always put their babies on their backs to sleep.

Yale researchers found more than half of moms sometimes place infants on their stomachs or sides, which increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. The study shows that mothers with little education were more likely to use the stomach position.

Experts said, more research is needed to find and test the best programs to educate parents about sleep safety.

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