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10 Safe Sleep Habits: Reducing the Risks of SIDSWhat is SIDS, and how can we prevent it? Read on to find the answers and perhaps even help save a life.
How to reduce the risk of SIDS
Although no studies or research have proven the exact causes of SIDS yet, health care providers, researchers and safe sleep advocates such as Ives Lim-Esteban, the mompreneur behind Halo Philippines, suggest the following precautions to help reduce the risk of SIDS:
1. Place baby to sleep on his or her back at naptime and at night.
2. Make sure that your child’s crib or a play yard meets current safety standards (the site www.cpsc.gov has more details on this).
3. Make sure that you use a firm mattress that fits snugly and is covered with only a tight-fitting crib sheet.
4. Get rid of all soft bedding and toys from your baby’s sleep area (this includes loose blankets, bumpers, and pillows). The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using a wearable blanket instead of loose blankets to keep your baby warm.
5. Breastfeed, if possible, but when finished, put your baby back to sleep in his or her separate safe sleep area alongside your bed. If your living situation does not allow for your baby to have a separate sleep area, remember to observe safe co-sleeping practices.
6. Never put your baby to sleep on any soft surface like adult beds, sofas, chairs, quilts, etc.
7. As much as possible, keep your baby’s room temperature cool at 20 to 22 degrees Celsius.
8. Do not dress your baby too warmly for sleep (or during any other time, for that matter, unless the environment calls for it).ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
9. Never smoke around your baby. Similarly, never expose your baby to second-hand smoke.
10. When your baby is awake, allow him to crawl around a safe place supervised to encourage the strengthening of his or her head and neck muscles.
When it comes to our children, we must do all that we can to spread the message of safety and good health — and that includes the message of safe sleep and SIDS awareness.
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