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By contactus@steppingstonepediatrics.com
October 14, 2015
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October is SIDS Awareness Month. 

Did you know that about 3500 babies die of suddenly & unexpectedly each year in the United States. These deaths are the result of unknown causes, Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed (ASSB), and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

The Safe to Sleep® campaign (formerly known as Back to Sleep®) aims to educate parents, caregivers, and health care providers about ways to reduce to the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death. Over the past two decades, we’ve made great progress in helping to reduce the risk of SIDS by more than 50 percent across the country, as a whole. However, disparities still exist.  For example, African American infants are twice as likely as white infants to die of SIDS. Similarly, American Indian/Alaska Native infants are three times as likely as white infants to die of SIDS.

How can you make a safe sleep environment?

·         Always place baby on his or her back to sleep for all sleep times, including naps.

·         Have the baby share your room, not your bed. Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else. Try room sharing—keeping baby's sleep area in the same room next to where you sleep

·         Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib, covered by a fitted sheet

·         Keep soft objects, toys, pillows, crib bumpers, and loose bedding out of your baby's sleep area

·         Dress your baby in no more than one layer of clothing more than an adult would wear to be comfortable, and leave the blanket out of the crib. A one-piece sleeper or wearable blanket can be used for sleep clothing. Keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for an adult.

Please check out the following links:

o   Parents’ Guide to Safe Sleep

o   A grandparents brochure on safe infant sleep (English and en español)

o   A safe sleep environment one-pager (English and en español)

​Source & Written by: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

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