Safe Sleep Saves LivesPosted: Updated:
You've seen them on our Success By 6 spot- seven adorable slumbering babies that have one thing in common- they've been put to sleep on their backs, the safest way for babies to sleep.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome- commonly known as SIDS- claims the live of almost 2,500 infants in the United States each year- that's nearly seven babies every day.
The Northwest Infant Survival and SIDS Alliance (NISSA) offers these tips for putting your baby to bed safely:
- Infants should always be placed on their backs for sleep.
- Infants are safest in their own sleep environment.
- A firm crib mattress covered by a sheet is the recommended sleeping surface.
- Keep all soft objects and loose bedding out of the crib.
- Do not smoke during pregnancy or around infants.
- Consider offering your infant a pacifier after breastfeeding has been established.
- Dressing babies too warmly may cause them to overheat. They can sleep comfortably in light clothing.
- Avoid commercial devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS. None have been proven safe or effective.
- Avoid positional plagiocephaly (flat back of head) by encouraging "tummy time" when your infant is awake.
"At Northwest Infant Survival & SIDS Alliance (NISSA), we help teach you how to protect your infant during sleep. We provide comfort and support to families affected by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) & other unexpected deaths of an infant. We also educate the public and professionals on how to reduce the risk of sudden infant death," says Executive Director Inga Paige. "Our work is so important - especially to our African American and Native American families because they are affected in far greater numbers. Please spread the word that infants should always sleep in their backs."
For more information about safe sleep for babies or SIDS, visit the NISSA website at www.nwsids.org, or call (509) 456-0505.