Expanded SIDS Prevention Effort - Yay and Grr!

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-27-2006
Expanded SIDS Prevention Effort - Yay and Grr!
Mon, 09-17-2012 - 7:47pm


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.


So they advocate breastfeeding. That's great! But I'm getting a little tired of the attacks on bed sharing...

Community Leader
Registered: 04-18-2003
Tue, 09-18-2012 - 12:17pm

Bed sharing is unfortunately something that has to be done 100% correctly or there is the potential for problems. It doesn't have to be black or white, baby in bed or baby in separate room. There is the grey area of baby being in parental bedroom, which is what we did from the time DS was 3 weeks old to 14 months old.