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every baby is at risk for SIDS--you
can reduce the risk:
Infants should ALWAYS be placed
flat on their back alone in a safe
crib for ALL sleep, naps and nighttime. If baby falls asleep
in a swing, car seat, bouncy chair, or other surface while at home
or in a childcare setting, immediately remove baby and place them
flat on their back in a safety approved crib. Sitting
devcies are NOT recommended for routine sleep.
A firm mattress in a safety approved crib,
covered by a tight fitting sheet made for that mattress, is the
recommended sleep surface for baby.
Keep ALL soft objects and loose bedding out of
the crib. Items such as pillows, blankets, bumper pads,
wedges, blanket rolls, and toys create an opportunity for baby
to rebreathe carbon dioxide that may build up around baby's
face. Further, bumper pads should not be used in cribs.
There is no evidence that bumper pads prevent injuries, and there is
a potential risk of an accidental death such as suffocation,
strangulatioin, or entrapment.
Consider a wearable blanket (sleep sack) or
sleeper to keep baby comfortable and to eliminate the risk of
baby's head becoming covered.
Provide a nicotine free environment for baby,
before and after birth. If odor from second hand smoke is
detectable on clothing or bedding, research shows toxins are
still present that can be harmful to baby.
To avoid overheating, baby should be lightly
clothed for sleep and the room temperature should be kept cool and
comfortable to a lightly clothed adult.
Breastfeeding, if exclusive is protective against
SIDS, but any breastfeeding is better than none, and is recommended.
Parents may share a room with baby but NEVER a
bed! A separate but close sleeping area is recommended.
Sleeping with a baby in a bed, couch, recliner, or other sleep
surfaces with adults or other children is NOT SAFE!
Pacifier use at naps and nighttime is
recommended for the first year of life. For breastfed
infants, delay use until breastfeeding is established.
Pregnant women should receive regular prenatal
care and all infants should receive all recommended vaccinations.
Keep baby's crib free of all soft bedding,
other positioning devices. Do NOT use home monitors or commercial devices
marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.
Encourage supervised tummy time when baby is
awake to assist in developing head and neck control.
Educate anyone caring for your baby about these
risk reduction recommendations developed by the American Academy
NOTE: The new 2011 AAP recommendations also warn
against potentially hazardous situations which might cause
suffocation, stragulation, or entrapment. This is NOT to
suggest SIDS is due to suffocation, strangulation, or entrapment,
but rather to broaden the scope of the recommendations to address
other unsafe infant sleep situations. After all, the overall
goal is to prevent infant deaths, whatever the cause. It is
important to note that these 2011 recommendations do not suggest
that SIDS is due to these accidental causes, but some infant deaths
are, and it is important to try to reduce their numbers as well as
reducing SIDS. California SIDS Newsletter, Dr. Thomas Keens.)