What increases my child's risk for infantile scoliosis?

Since the cause of infantile scoliosis is unknown, the risk factors are also unknown. However, scoliosis can run in families, so there may be a genetic link. Another possible risk factor is back sleeping. People in Europe tend to put babies on their backs, and the incidence of infantile scoliosis is higher there than in the United States, where in the past babies were often put to sleep on their stomachs. Because of the risk of SIDS, however, it is still recommended that babies sleep on their backs.

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