Did you know that October is SIDS Awareness month? I have recently found myself more and more concerned over the SIDS issue as I have come across such heart breaking stories of families and their children.
(from the American SIDS Institute)
SIDS is the sudden death of an infant under one year of age which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation, including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the clinical history. (Willinger et al, 1991).
In a typical situation parents check on their supposedly sleeping infant to find him or her dead. This is the worst tragedy parents can face, a tragedy which leaves them with a sadness and a feeling of vulnerability that lasts throughout their lives. Since medicine can not tell them why their baby died, they blame themselves and often other innocent people. Their lives and those around them are changed forever.
Unfortunately you cannot prevent all SIDS deaths. However, there are things that can be done to reduce the risk of SIDS.
HALO SleepSack is teaming up to help bring awareness to the SIDS with these great safe sleep tips:
1. Place baby to sleep on his or her back at naptime and at night time.
2. Use a crib that meets current safety standards with a firm mattress that fits snuggly and is covered with only a tight-fitting crib sheet.
3. Remove all soft bedding and toys from your baby’s sleep area (this includes loose blankets, bumpers and positioners).
4. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests using a wearable blanket instead of loose blankets to keep your baby warm.
5. Offer a pacifier when putting baby to sleep. If breastfeeding, introduce pacifier after one month or after breastfeeding has been established.
6. Breastfeed, if possible, but when finished, put your baby back to sleep in his or her separate safe sleep area alongside your bed.
7. Never put your baby to sleep on any soft surface (adult beds, sofas, chairs, water beds, quilts, sheep
8. Never dress your baby too warmly for sleep; keep room temperature 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit.
9. Never allow anyone to smoke around your baby or take your baby into a room or car where someone has recently smoked.
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