James Laughlin, MD, FAAP
Infant Sleep Positions
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that infants sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related deaths. As a result, pediatricians have seen an increase in the number of children with positional plagiocephaly, or positional skull deformities (flat heads). James Laughlin, MD, FAAP lead author of this revised AAP clinical report, “Prevention and Management of Positional Skull Deformities in Infants,” in the December 2011 Pediatrics, comes on the show to discuss these findings and whether some interventions are needed.
Dr. Laughlin was born in Dayton, Ohio, and has been a Hoosier since age 11. He graduated from Indiana University and Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Pediatrics and a Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship at James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Chest Physicians and a member of the American Thoracic Society. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the Indiana State Medical Association and the Monroe-Owen Medical Society. He currently serves on the AAP national Committee of Practice and Ambulatory Medicine.
He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics for the Indiana University School of Medicine and enjoys teaching medical students. He is active in Bloomington Hospital Medical Staff affairs and is a past Chief of the Medical Staff and a past member of the Bloomington Hospital Board of Directors. He is a member of the Bloomington Hospital Foundation Board of Directors. He is very involved in community and school efforts to improve the health of the children of Bloomington and serves on the Monroe County Community School System Health Wellness Committee and is Medical Consultant for MCCSC. He is Pediatric Medical Director for Indiana University Health Southern Indiana Physicians.
He has three sons, Bill, Charlie and John, and a daughter, Kelly. His hobbies include jogging, water sports, reading and eating. His wife, Catherine, is an Associate Professor in Applied Health Science at IU, and has two daughters, Olivia and Sophia.
Melanie Cole, M.S.
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