One of the most important topics about infant sleep is preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
To reduce the incidence of SIDS, the following strategies have been recommended by research scientists and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Task Force on SIDS:
1. PRENATAL CARE
2. SMOKE FREE ZONE
By now all caregivers should know to never smoke around children. Second hand smoke is dangerous to everyone.
Avoid overdressing the baby to prevent infant overheating. Keep the temperature in the baby's room at a level that feels comfortable to a lightly clothed adult and avoid overdressing the baby.
Avoid using soft, fluffy or loose bedding in the crib, and should not use pillows, sheepskins or comforters under the baby. Consider using a sleeper or other sleep clothing as an alternative to blankets, with no other covering. Make sure your baby's head remains uncovered during sleep (even during the day).
5. ON THEIR BACK TO SLEEP
Placing babies on their backs to sleep is the single most important step that parents and nannies can take to reduce the risk of SIDS. In 1994, the AAP instituted the "Back to Sleep" Campaign, and since then, the number of SIDS babies has declined by 40%.
6. BED SHARING
Do not share a sleep surface with a baby to feed, sleep, or even cuddle.
NEW PROOF ON HOW TO REDUCE SIDS:
DO USE PACIFIERS!
Recent research has shown that pacifiers can significantly reduce a baby's risk for SIDS. Experts recommend providing your baby with a pacifier EVERY time they are placed down to sleep.
Breastfeeding can reduce the risk of death for infants in their first year of life. If possible, mothers should be encouraged to breastfeed exclusively for at least the first six-months.
Unfortunately, SIDS can occur even if parents and caregivers follow all of these guidelines carefully. Researchers have yet to find foolproof tests to predict which babies are at highest risk for SIDS. Although research is identifying an increased number of risk factors for SIDS, it still occurs in the most capable, cautious, and loving families.
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Have you ever worked for parents that do not follow all these recommendations to prevent SIDS? Do you follow these tips to prevents SIDS?