preventative resources + tips
Unfortunately, we cannot expect to prevent all SIDS deaths immediately. However, there are things we can learn and apply to reduce the risk of SIDS.
There is yet a determined cause of SIDS, so it can not be 100% avoided, however, we can provide current resources, guidelines and tips to help reduce SIDS. Be sure to share this information with all family members and those who care for your little one.
African American Babies have a 2 times greater risk of SIDS.
A Scottish study showed that 87% of SIDS deaths occurred in unsafe sleep environments, only 13% were found in a crib or bassinet.
Studies show that for infants who received any breast milk for any duration,
the likelihood of SIDS was 60% lower.
Accidental Suffocation or Strangulation in Bed(ASSB) claims the lives of 665 infants per year.
Source: Martin JA, Hamilton BE, Sutton PD, Ventura SJ, et al. Births: Final data for 2006. National vital statistics reports; vol 57 no 7. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2009.
We cannot say how to “avoid” SIDS because we do not know what causes it, but we can provide you with the most up-to-minute guidelines for reducing the risk of SIDS and other sudden unexplained infant deaths (SUID). First and foremost, educate yourself and everyone who cares for your baby on how to reduce the risks by following these guidelines:
Don’t let your baby get too hot. Overheating is a leading risk factor for SIDS. Dress your baby in as much or as little as you would wear. If your baby is sweating, has damp hair, or a heat rash, he or she may be too hot. Room fans have been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS. Consider using a wearable blanket or other type of sleeper instead of a blanket.
Put your baby on his or her tummy to play when your baby is awake and
supervised. Make sure someone is always watching. “Tummy Time” is good for your baby because it makes neck and shoulder muscles stronger.
Don’t share sleep surfaces. Adult beds, couches, and chairs are not safe for infant sleep and increase the risk of SIDS, suffocation and accidental infant death. After breast feeding put your baby back in his or her crib.
Share these tips with everyone who cares for your baby. Educating yourself and others who care for your baby can help you keep your baby safe.
Information for Parents-to-be:
>>> Get medical care early in pregnancy, preferably
within the first three months, followed by regular checkups at the doctor's office or health clinic. Make every effort to assure good nutrition. These measures can reduce the risk of premature birth, a major risk factor for SIDS.
>>> Do not smoke, use cocaine, heroin. or any drug. Tobacco, cocaine, or heroin use during pregnancy increases the infant's risk for SIDS.
>>> The SIDS rate decreases for babies born to older mothers. It is highest for babies born to teenage mothers.
>>> Wait at least one year between the birth of a child and the next pregnancy. The shorter the interval between pregnancies, the higher the SIDS rate.