Sometimes we really disagree with the FDA and some of the kooky decisions they make. However, on the topic of SIDS, we agree with the FDA. Back to sleep is the number one best way to help prevent SIDS. Your baby should always sleep on his back — at night and at nap time. Other known ways to help prevent SIDS include:
- Removing all soft bedding and stuffed toys from a baby’s sleeping space, as these pose suffocation risks.
- Using a well-fitted mattress in your crib, as babies have been known to slide down and get trapped in even small, yet tight spaces.
- Do not drink alcohol while caring for your baby. SIDS deaths increase around New Year’s, and it’s thought to be due to caretakers drinking.
- Breastfeeding is an excellent way to lower your baby’s risk for SIDS.
- Dress your baby in cozy, but not overly warm clothing. Overheating is thought to increase the risk for SIDS.
- Consider co-sleeping but do it safely. Unsafe co-sleeping, for example, co-sleeping while drunk, while on medication, in an unsafe bed, if you’re significantly overweight and additional factors may contribute to SIDS risks, but research also says that safe co-sleeping may actually help prevent SIDS.
Above all, be informed and present. Did you know research says that typically, multiple factors play a part in a SIDS death? Making sure you know about SIDS risk factors and prevention methods is key for a healthy baby, as is simply being an attentive parent. Know when your infant seems under the weather or too warm. Don’t get overly stressed and protective (babies are heartier than you think), but do pay attention to your child, even if you also decide to try out some of this new high tech clothing.
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