Ways to reduce the risk of suffocation and SIDS
When they sleep, do this:
- Place your infant to sleep over his back for when sleep.
- Babies up to 1 year of age should always be placed on their back to sleep during naps and at night. In any case, if your infant has moved from his back to his side or stomach on its own, he can be left in that position if he is already able to roll from tummy to back and back to tummy.
- If your baby falls asleep in a car seat, stroller, swing, infant carrier, or infant sling, he should be moved to a firm sleep surface as soon as possible.
- Swaddling (wrapping a light cover/blanket snuggly around a child) may help quiet or calm a crying infant. If you swaddle your child, make certain to put him on his back to sleep. Quit swaddling your child when he begins to roll.
Place your infant to sleep on a firm surface.
- The crib, bassinet, portable crib, or play yard should meet current safety standards. Check to ensure the item has not been recalled. Do not use a crib that is broken or missing parts or that has drop-side rails.
- Cover the bedding with a tight-fitting sheet.
- Do not to put blanket or pillows between the sleeping cushion or mattress and fitted sheet.
- Never put your baby to sleep on a water bed, a cushion, or a sheepskin.
Keep soft objects, loose bedding, or any objects that could increase the risk of entrapment, suffocation, or strangulation out of the crib.
- Pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, bumper pads, and stuffed toys can cause your baby to suffocate. Note: Research has not shown us when it's 100% safe to have these objects in the crib; however, most experts agree that these objects pose little risk to healthy babies after 12 months of age.
Place your child to rest and sleep in a similar room where you sleep yet, not in the same bed.
- Do this for no less than a half year or six months, yet ideally up to 1 year of age. Room-sharing reduce the danger of SIDS by as much as 50%.
- Keep the crib or bassinet within an arm's span of your bed. You can without much of a stretch to watch or breastfeed your child by having your infant close by.
- Infants who sleep in the bed with their parent are in danger of SIDS, suffocation, or strangulation. Parents can roll onto babies during sleep, or infants can get tangled in the sheets or covers.
Breastfeed as much and as long as you can. This lessens the danger of SIDS.
- It is recommendable to breastfeed as it is the sole source of nutrition for your baby for about 6 months. When you add solid foods to your baby's diet, continue breastfeeding until at least 12 months. You can continue to breastfeed after 12 months if you and your baby desire.
Make effort and go to your healthcare provider to receive important and crucial immunizations
- Recent studies show that vaccinations may have a protective or defensive impact against SIDS.
Keep your baby away from smokers or places like smoking area. This lessens the danger of SIDS.
- Also make sure your house and surrounding is smoke free. Don’t let your baby become second-hand smokers as the smoke contains harmful chemicals. If you light the cigarettes in other room, the smoke still be detectable in the whole house, including your baby room.
Do not let your infant get too hot.
- Keep the room where your child rests at a comfortable temperature.
- As a rule, dress your baby no more than extra layer than you would wear. Your child might be excessively hot if the baby is sweating or the chest feels hot.
- However, if you worried that your baby cold, utilize a wearable blanket, for example, a sleeping sack, or warm sleeper that is the correct size for your child. These are made to cover the body and not the head.
Offer a pacifier at nap and sleep time. This decreases the danger of SIDS.
- If you are breastfeeding, hold up until the point that breastfeeding is going well before offering a pacifier. This This typically takes 3 to 4 weeks. If you are not breastfeeding, you can begin offering a pacifier when you think its suitable.
- It's OK if your child wouldn't like to use a pacifier. You can try offering it again, yet some babies don't prefer to use pacifiers.
- If the pacifier drops out after your infant slept, you don't need to return it in.
- Do not use a pacifier that attach to baby clothing. This comes with strangulation risk.
- Do not use a pacifier that can attach to objects like toys and other items, this may be a gagging or suffocation hazards.
Try not to utilize home cardiorespiratory monitors to help diminish the danger of SIDS.
- Home cardiorespiratory monitors can be useful for babies with breathing or heart issues, however they have not been found to lessen the risk of SIDS.
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