Expanded SIDS Prevention Effort

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Expanded SIDS Prevention Effort
Thu, 09-13-2012 - 3:43pm

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is ramping up efforts to reduce the risk of sleep-related sudden infant deaths, the agency announced Wednesday.

In addition to placing infants under 1 year old on their backs for all sleep times, the Safe to Sleep campaign recommends parents and caregivers also take the following steps:

  • Infants should always have their own safe place to sleep. This environment should be free from any soft bedding, blankets or quilts. Infants should also not share a bed with an adult.
  • Infants should be breast-fed whenever possible. Breast-feeding, the NIH explained, is linked to a reduced risk of SIDS.
  • Parents should also ensure infants do not become overheated.
  • Infants should not be exposed to tobacco smoke.
  • Breast-feeding mothers should avoid alcohol or other drugs.
Does your baby sleep on his/her back?

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Registered: 10-06-2012
Sun, 10-14-2012 - 5:32am
Thanks for telling us these important prevention about risk of sleep related .
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Registered: 01-27-2006
Mon, 09-17-2012 - 7:44pm
I don't understand the attack on bed sharing. Almost every other country in the world does it and their SIDS rates are low to 0. But, I'm glad they said something about breastfeeding.