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Protecting Your Baby from SIDS

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 2 3

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Protecting Your Baby From SIDS:

A child is a precious blessing, and protecting that blessing what parents want to do most. Learning how to prevent SIDS is necessary for any parent to know. Educate yourself now to greatly reduce the risk of SIDS claiming your child's life and devastating your family.

 

What is SIDS?

SIDS is the unexplained death of an infant ages newborn to one year old. No one knows for certain what causes Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, but there are recommended ways to prevent this tragedy from happening to your family.

Smoking:

Do you smoke? An infant who is exposed to cigarette smoke is much more likley to die of SIDS than an infant who is not exposed.

 

If you do smoke, please do so away from your child. Even smoking outside while your child is near is not safe. If you must smoke, do it only when you know that the smoke cannot enter your child's area.

NEVER smoke in your car or home. Smoking in your home is very dangerous. The smoke in a home is circulated over and over through the ventilation system. Not only is your child breathing it in once, but they continue to breathe it in over and over. This increases the risks of your child dying of SIDS.

Many people smoke in a designated room in their homes. This is not acceptable. Smoke and air travels. If you are smoking in your home, your child is smoking too. Smoking in designated areas does not reduce the risk of SIDS.

Is smoking inside your home worth the risk?

Back To Sleep:

The way your child sleeps could be the number one actionable step you take in preventing their death by SIDS.

Place your child on their back with a sleep positioner under them. Please read the manufacturer's instructions before using your positioner as those instructions may vary with design.

Placing your child on their back is the safest way for them to sleep. Never place a child on their stomach to sleep. Tummy time should be during waking hours and under constant supervision. An infant sleeping on his or her tummy may not be able to lift their heads well enough and suffocate.

Your child's mattress should be firm. Buy a new mattress is possible. Doing this will ensure that all the safety requirements have been met. If you must use or purchase a second hand baby mattress make sure there are no recalls! Never use any baby gear that has been recalled. Your child could be injured or even killed.

Co-sleeping is considered to be dangerous and is related to SIDS. You should not sleep in the same bed as your child. Your child should sleep in his or her crib alone. Co-sleeping is another high risk mistake parents make.

Your child's crib should be free from all blankets, quilts, toys, bumpers, etc. The only thing that should be in your child's crib is a mattress with a very, very, tightly fitted sheet, a sleep positioner, and your child.

Blankets are very dangerous especially once a child can grasp objects. A baby is capable of pulling a blanket onto their face while sleeping and suffocate. This applies to any other object as well.

It is highly recommended that your child use a sleep sack while sleeping. This replaces a blanket and is completely safe to use. Make sure the sleep sack fits properly. Sleep sacks that are too large can slip off and cause suffocation.

Crib Safety:

Crib safety is an important factor in the prevention of SIDS.

Don't allow your child to drink their bottles in bed. Spitting up and choking is a real concern.

Your child's crib should be free from all blankets, quilts, toys, bumpers, etc. The only thing that should be in your child's crib is a mattress with a very, very, tightly fitted sheet, a sleep positioner, and your child.

Blankets are very dangerous especially once a child can grasp objects. A baby is capable of pulling a blanket onto their face while sleeping and suffocate. This applies to any other object as well.

* Take an infant CPR class. This can be invaluable in an emergency and be the difference between your child living and dying.

 


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Comments

Dec 11, 2009 6:03am
x3xsolxdierx3x
really great article.....it does look like two different fonts showed up though (times new roman? and arial?).....
Dec 11, 2009 12:09pm
rspears01
Thanks for noticing this!
I typed it on word and transferred it over....have no idea how I managed 2 different fonts! :)
Jul 18, 2012 4:43am
eileen
Very good article . As you mentioned smoking, I have often wondered - even when a parent smokes outside then comes in and picks up their baby they automatically put it up to their shoulder right.

Well what about the stench of smoke still in the mothers hair and clothing. I used to play darts at the pub and when we came home even though I did not smoke I still stunk of cigarette smoke. My husband used to tell me that I stunk of it. So a baby would be subjected to this too. What do you think. thanks
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