Child Health
Safe Sleep for Babies

​​Overview:

Many babies are at risk of choking or sudden death (most commonly due to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)). To reduce the risk of all sleep-related infant deaths, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) gives parents the following recommendations:
  • Until their first birthday, babies should sleep on their backs for all sleep times. Babies who sleep on their backs are much less likely to die of SIDS.
  • Make sure there are no pillows, blankets, or stuffed animals near your baby. They can cover your baby's face if he rolls over them, leading to an obstructed airflow.
  • Use a firm, flat sleep surface to prevent the baby from moving around while sleeping. 
  • Place your baby in a special crib or bassinet in your bedroom, close to your bed. This can decrease the risk of SIDS by as much as 50%.
  • Only bring your baby into your bed to feed or comfort. Place your baby back in his or her own sleep space when you are ready to go to sleep. 
  • Make sure there are no pillows, sheets, blankets, or any other items that could cover your baby's face, head, and neck, or overheat your baby.

Bed-sharing is not recommended for any babies. However, certain situations make bed-sharing even more dangerous. Therefore, you should not bed share with your baby if:
  • Your baby is younger than 4 months old;
  • Your baby was born prematurely or with low birth weight;
  • You or any other person in the bed is a smoker (even if you do not smoke in bed);
  • The mother of the baby is a smoker;
  • You have taken any medicines or drugs that might make it harder for you to wake up.
  • The surface is soft (such as: a waterbed, old mattress, sofa, couch, or armchair).
  • There is soft bedding (such as: pillows or blankets) in the baby’s bed.

Recommendations for parents to keep infants safe:
  • Do not smoke during pregnancy or after your baby is born. Keep your baby away from smokers. 
  • Breastfeed your baby. Breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition for a baby during the first 6 months of their lives puts them at a lower risk of SIDS. 
  • Make sure to schedule vaccinations and periodic follow-ups to examine your baby and check on their health.
  • Remove from your baby's crib all toys and objects that put your baby at risk of suffocation (such as: soft bedding and pillows). Do not hang anything on the sides of the bed.
  • If you are concerned about your baby getting a cold, use cold-proof pajamas.
  • Wrap your baby. However, make sure that the wrap is not too tight for them to breathe or move their hips. 
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Last Update : 07 October 2020 02:58 AM
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