Reducing the risk of SIDS - Babysense

 

arrowAlways put a baby to sleep on its back. (This includes naps.) DO NOT put a baby to sleep on its stomach. Side sleeping is unstable and should also be avoided. Allowing the baby to roll around on its tummy while awake can prevent a flat spot (due to sleeping in one position) from forming on the back of the head.

arrowOnly put babies to sleep in a crib. NEVER allow the baby to sleep in bed with other children or adults, and do NOT put them to sleep on surfaces other than cribs, like a sofa.

arrowLet babies sleep in the same room (NOT the same bed) as parents. If possible, babies cribs should be placed in the parents' bedroom to allow for night-time feeding.

arrowAvoid soft bedding materials. Babies should be placed on a firm, tight-fitting crib mattress with no comforter. Use a light sheet to cover the baby. Do not use pillows, comforters, or quilts.

arrowMake sure the room temperature is not too hot. The room temperature should be comfortable for a lightly-clothed adult. A baby should not be hot to the touch.

arrowOffer the baby a pacifier when going to sleep. Pacifiers at naptime and bedtime can reduce the risk of SIDS. Doctors think that a pacifier might allow the airway to open more, or prevent the baby from falling into a deep sleep. A baby that wakes up more easily may automatically move out of a dangerous position. If the baby is breastfeeding, it is best to wait until 1 month before offering a pacifier, so that it doesn’t interfere with breastfeeding. Do not force a baby to use a pacifier.

arrowKeep your baby in a smoke-free environment.

arrowBreastfeed your baby, if possible - breastfeeding reduces some upper respiratory infections that may influence the development of SIDS.

arrowNEVER give honey to a child less than 1 year old - honey in very young children may cause infant botulism, which may be associated with SIDS.

arrowUse Babysense Breathing Movement Monitor.

 

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Babysense does not contradict the use of other recommendations or safety standards.  It cannot replace the presence of a parent or caregiver. It cannot take the action necessary once the alarm sounds.  Only a human can provide this intervention.  Babysense can, however, call immediate attention to many dangerous situations. 

This offers parents and caregivers added peace of mind and safeguards babies from potentially life-threatening situations.

 

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