FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – One of the leading causes of death in the zero to one year age group is accidental deaths associated with unsafe sleep practices, according to a release from McLeod Health.
McLeod believes these deaths can be prevented by following the guidelines, listed below, set by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Breastfeeding is recommended and is associated with a reduced risk of SIDS.
- Infants should be immunized. Evidence suggests that immunization reduces the risk of SIDS by 50 percent.
- Keep soft objects or loose bedding out of the crib. This includes pillows, blankets, and bumper pads. There is no evidence that bumper pads prevent injuries, and there is a potential risk of suffocation, strangulation or entrapment.
- Always place your baby on his or her back for every sleep time, including naps and at night.
- Always use a firm sleep surface. Car seats and other sitting devices are not recommended for routine sleep.
- The baby should sleep in the same room as the parents, but not in the same bed (room-sharing without bed-sharing).
- Wedges and positioners should not be used.
- Pregnant woman should receive regular prenatal care.
- Don’t smoke during pregnancy or after birth.
- Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.
- Avoid covering the infant’s head or overheating.
- Do not use home monitors or commercial devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.
- Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development and minimize the occurrence of positional plagiocephaly (flat head).
Each month McLeod Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal offers a free Safe Sleep class for new parents. The class educates families on ways to create a safe sleep environment for their child. Classes will be held on the following dates in 2016: January 28, February 25, March 24, April 14, May 26, June 23, July 28, August 25, September 22, October 27, November 10, and December 8.
Contact McLeod Reservations at (843) 777-2005 or 1-800-667-2005 to register for an upcoming class.
For more information on preventing childhood injury, call McLeod Safe Kids Pee Dee/Costal at (843) 777-5021 or visit www.McLeodSafeKids.org.