NEW SAFE SLEEP MEDIA CAMPAIGN
In April 2014, the Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health (MCAH) Program conducted a health survey which inquired about safe sleep practices for infants ages 0-12 months. 55% of survey respondents indicated that they have seen or heard of local parents or caregivers putting an infant at risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and infant death due to one or more unsafe sleep practices. In response, the MCAH SIDS Program has launched a new media campaign called “Is Your Baby Sleeping Safely,” addressing some of the risk factors for infant death seen in Mono County. A variety of advertisements will rotate through local English and Spanish language newspapers showing an example of a safe sleep practice versus an unsafe one. The MCAH SIDS Program follows recommendations for risk reduction and safe sleep from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Please see below for these recommendations.
IN THE NEWS: DANGER IN THE CRIB? MORE THAN HALF OF U.S. BABIES SLEEP IN UNSAFE CONDITIONS
More than half of infants in the United States are still sleeping in unsafe conditions in cribs containing blankets, pillows and other loose bedding that has been shown to dramatically raise the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, a new government study finds.
Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the numbers of parents putting their babies down with loose bedding had gone down from a high of 86 percent in 1993 to 54 percent in 2010 amid a slew of public service announcements. But the decline slowed and actually plateaued by the year 2000... To read the full article, please click here.
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS SAFE SLEEP RECOMMENDATIONS
Too many infants die during sleep from unsafe sleep environments. There are ways for parents and caregivers to reduce the risk of sleep-related causes of infant death. The American Academy of Pediatircs (AAP) expanded their recomendations for a safe infant sleeping environment in 2011.
These recommendations include the following:
- Place your baby to sleep on his back for every sleep.
- Place your baby to sleep on a firm sleep surface.
- Keep soft objects, loose bedding, or any objects that could increase the risk of entrapment, suffocation, or stragulation out the the crib,
- Place your baby to sleep in the same room where you sleep but not the same bed.
- Breastfeed as much and for as long as you can.
- Schedule and go to all well-child visits.
- Keep your baby away from smokers and places where people smoke.
- Do not let your baby get too hot.
- Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.
- Do not use home cardiorespirator monitors, wedges, positioners, or special sleep surfaces that claim to reduce the risk of SIDS.
For more details on these recommendations, please click here.