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October 2019

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Holding and watching an infant sleeping are precious moments.

But, what do grandparents and other trusted caretakers need to know about infants sleeping safely in their care?  More grandparents than ever are helping care for, and in some cases, raise grandchildren on their own.  There is so much to know and keep up with!  

 Since the 1990’s, when safer sleep recommendation changes were released for sleeping infants

TO SLEEP ON THEIR BACK, NOT THEIR STOMACH, SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) rates have dropped about 60 percent.

SIDS is the death of an infant under 1 year of age, with no known causes.  However, other sleep related causes of infant death – Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) - include suffocation, entrapment, and strangulations.  These are all PREVENTABLE situations. The newer recommendations to have infants sleep on their back in a safe sleep environment are based on evidence showing this will reduce the risk!

 A safe sleep environment, whether in your home or caring for a child in someone else’s home, looks like this:

  • No bumpers, pillows, blankets in the baby’s crib
  • No sleeping on soft services, such as on a couch/sofa, adult beds, pillows, etc. 

A firm, flat mattress with fitted sheet is recommended.  Do not allow infant to sleep in baby swings, infant carrier, or car seat as these sleep positions pose a risk.

  • Do not share a bed with an infant – children or adults.
  • Infants should be ALONE, ON THEIR BACK, AND IN THEIR CRIB  (ABC) EVERY TIME THEY SLEEP 

NAPS AND NIGHTTIME SLEEP – for safe sleep

  • Do not smoke around an infant or in their environment
  • Do not allow infants to overheat – overdressing them or keeping their room too warm is unneeded and can pose a risk.  Watch for signs of flushing, sweating.
  • Use of pacifiers for naps/nighttime sleep is encouraged 

 Share these messages with everyone who cares for the infants you love . . .

parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, daycare providers, babysitters, and friends.

Everyone needs to know the recommended ways to reduce this risk.  Recommendations and ideas change over time, but the evidence shows that this is the BEST way to keep our babies safe during rest.  Sweet Dreams!   

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