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Parents and caregivers can prevent SIDS: Do you know how?

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  • Keep you and your home smoke free during pregnancy and after birth.
  • Place your infant on their back for EVERY SLEEP by every caregiver until 1 year of age.
  • Keep the crib in your room and empty of pillows, blankets, and bumper pads.

Preventing SIDS is very important for every new parent. Always lay your baby down on their back to sleep, every time they sleep. A firm, plain sleep surface is best, so move them to their crib if they fall asleep in a stroller, car seat, swing, etc. The crib should have a tight fitting sheet over the mattress, but no pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, bumper pads, or any other objects. Keeping the baby’s crib in the room where you sleep is a good way to monitor your baby; do not have your baby sleep in your bed. Breastfeeding is helpful in preventing SIDS, but do not use products that claim to reduce the risk of SIDS like positioners or special mattresses. Your baby could get stuck under the positioner or mattress. Offer your baby a pacifier that is not attached to anything after breastfeeding has been going well for a few weeks.

To find more information, check out:

American Academy of Pediatrics. (2016). Reduce the Risk of SIDS & Suffocation. Healthychildren.org. Retrieved from Reduce the Risk of SIDS and Suffocation

This and other exclusive tips from the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics are shared via Bloomz, the app connecting parents and educators everywhere. Want to get them on your phone? Invite your child’s teacher, coach or care provider to sign up for a free Bloomz account.

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