Recommendations to reduce the risk of SIDS and make your baby’s sleep environment safer
The American Academy of Paediatrics have just published the recommendations below to decrease the risk of SIDS and to create your baby’s sleep environment safer:
- Breastfeed your baby if possible. -The latest research, published in the July edition of Paediatrics, shows that breastfeeding can reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Babies who are exclusively breastfed have a sturdier protective effect.
- Immunize your baby. Immunization may reduce the risk of SIDS by 50 percent.
- It is recommended not use bumper pads in cribs. They may increase baby’s risk of suffocation, strangulation and/or entrapment.
- It is also recommended place your baby on their back for every sleep.
- Use a firm sleep surface. Do not use a car seat or another seat for sleep.
- If possible, baby should sleep in the same room as you, but not in the same bed
- Keep soft items & loose bedding out of the crib. This includes pillows, blankets, and bumper pads
- Do not use wedges or positioning devices unless recommended by your practitioner.
- Pregnant woman should receive regular prenatal care.
- Please don’t smoke
- Do not cover baby’s head
The advice provided above is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical diagnosis, advice or treatment for specific medical conditions