Take It From Me: SIDS Awareness & HALO GIVEAWAY (closed)

September 28, 2012

SIDS Awareness & HALO GIVEAWAY (closed)

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.

ABOUT SIDS:
(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
skins etc.)
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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A big THANK YOU to HALO SleepSack for providing this giveaway.  I was not compensated for this post. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

14 comments :

  1. the link is broken. But I found the site anyway. Pacifiers help with preventing SIDS = awesome.

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  2. SIDS awareness is so important because there are things you can do to reduce the risk or prevent it - people need to be aware what those things are!

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  3. Being aware of SIDS is important so that we can take steps to reduce the risk! I love swaddle blankets but have never tried the sleep sack.

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  4. I learned to keep the room between 68 and 72 degrees.

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  5. Having first hand experience with this, people need to know there is NO WAY to "prevent" SIDS, we can only REDUCE the risk. Not smoking during pregnancy or near babies should be #1 on the list of how to reduce the risk and protect our babies from infections that increase SIDS risk such as RSV.

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  6. 68-72 degrees in the room.

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  7. I like how it keeps the babies warm but they can't take it up to their faces like a blanket.

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  8. swaddling and sleep sacks are safe and should only be used until they are flipping over. my friends son died of SIDS, so it has always been very important to me as ive become a mother.
    *kelly
    kelly-tillotson@hotmail.com

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  9. i think sids awareness is important because my baby cousin died as an infant, SIDS being the cause, carawling(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  10. SIDS awareness is very important. You can never be too careful, especially with a precious babies life.

    I learned on HALO's site that a baby can also sleep 1-3 hours more with a sleepsack!

    Seasidesmitten@aol.com

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  11. I learned that swaddling infants may also reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, because it encourages parents to lay their babies on their backs to sleep.
    Unfortunately, loose blankets can be a suffocation risk if babies wiggle out of a swaddle that's done incorrectly. Now more than 700 hospitals nationwide have ditched the typical swaddle in favor of sleep sacks. They're wearable blankets that put babies in a cocoon-like cuddle, but easily zip up without covering the baby's face.

    Sounds like a great product.
    kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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  12. SIDS awareness saves precious lives.

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  13. This can help a baby sleep longer

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  14. Never heard of SIDS, but loose blankets are bad.

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