How To Reduce The Risk Of SIDS And Sleep Safely For Your Child
There are many reasons for parents to be concerned about safe sleeping for babies. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a recommendation for parents to place their baby on his or her back sleep at all times to reduce the risk of SIDS. Today we have lots of information and great resources to help us with our baby's nighttime routine, so why is it considered such a difficult task?
What is SIDS?
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden death of a baby under one year of age. It is the leading cause of death in babies less than one year old and is the leading cause of death in black children.
There are many potential causes of SIDS, but most cases are due to problems with sleep. Children who are not getting enough rest are more likely to have problems regulating their body temperature and can be more prone to sleep problems. They also may be more likely to be victims of suffocation or strangulation from bedding or sleepers.
Making the Right Choices to Prevent SIDS
SIDS is the leading cause of death for babies between 1 and 1/2 years old. There are many things families can do to reduce their child’s risk of SIDS, including choosing safe sleep practices and following up with a doctor if there are any concerns about their baby’s sleep habits. Here are some tips on how to reduce the risk of SIDS and sleep safely for your child:
- Don’t place your baby on his or her stomach to sleep. Place your baby on his or her back or side instead. This decreases the risk of suffocation and reduces the chances of your baby rolling off the bed during the night.
- Don’t use soft blankets, pillows, or bumper pads while your baby is sleeping. These materials can increase the risk of SIDS by trapping heat and making it harder for your baby to breathe.
- Keep all doors and windows closed while your baby sleeps. This will help keep room temperatures low and make it less likely that allergens or other harmful particles will be circulating in the room.
Tips to Help Your Baby Sleep Safely
Sleep is one of the most important things for your baby. It's important to get them enough sleep so that they're able to function at their best during the day. If your baby is not getting enough sleep, it can lead to a number of problems, including SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Here are some tips to help you reduce the risk of SIDS and sleep safely for your child:
- Make sure your baby is getting enough sleep. Babies need around 12 hours of sleep a day, but they can sometimes be hard to wake up in the morning. Try to establish a bedtime routine and stick to it. This will help your baby get used to sleeping at night and make it easier for you when it comes time to put them down for bed.
- Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol while breastfeeding. These substances can affect a baby's sleep patterns, making it harder for them to fall asleep. Also, avoid using electronic screens in bed - this includes TVs, phones, and computers. They can be harmful to a baby's development if they spend too much time in front of screens in their crib or bed.
- Prevent suffocation risks. Make sure your baby's crib has tight-fitting sheets, so they don't pop off if your child rolls onto it during the night. Also make sure the mattress is firm enough that he or she can't squeeze through the sides of their crib, as this could cause them to suffocate.
- Make sure your baby has enough time outside each day to get some fresh air and sunlight. Exposure to sunlight helps a baby grow and develop in various ways - even though you may think it'll be bad for you baby's eyesight, it actually stimulates and strengthens the retina!
- Keep your baby away from household chemicals until he or she is at least one year old. Some household products can be harmful for babies, such as cleaning products.
Nearly one thousand children in the United States die from SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) each year, and for every 100,000 infants born, about 3 will die from SIDS. The good news is that there are many things you can do to help decrease your child’s risk of sleep-related death. For example, keep your home safe and free of dangerous devices or items that could cause suffocation, install a smoke alarm on every level of your home, and establish an unwritten bedtime routine with your child that includes a bath and story time. By following these simple tips, you can help ensure a peaceful night’s sleep for your baby – resulting in reduced risks of SIDS and other sleep-related accidents.