During the first year babies are at risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), also known as the “crib death” because it happens while the baby is asleep.
Babies placed on their stomachs to sleep are at greater risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
The incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is highest in the first six months. The safest way to place your baby down to sleep is on his or her back. There are many environmental factors ‘that increase the risk of SIDS, including tummy sleeping, sleeping on soft or loose bedding or with pillows or toys, exposure to tobacco smoke, and being overheated.
SIDS isn’t caused by vomiting, choking, or illnesses. It is also not caused by immunizations. Nor is SIDS contagious.
How do you preventing sudden SIDS during the first one year?
Follow the simple mantra in the first one year “The baby’s back to sleep, the tummy is to play”!
Always place babies on their backs for sleep time. Never place a baby on the stomach.
Use a firm crib to place the baby in on his or her back. Do not use cribs that swing or sway. It has to be strong, firm and unshakeable.
Place your baby only on a firm mattress with no pillow and cover the mattress only with a cotton sheet exclusively for a crib.
Keep the sleeping area on a comfortable temperature to avoid the infants from becoming heated.
Do not keep soft materials, such as comforters, pillows and stuffed toys in the crib.
Do not place your baby on parents or adult beds with pillows, comforters or fluffy blankets or stuffed animals because of the risk of suffocation.
Educate everyone at home, baby sitters, family and friends who are taking care of your baby on SIDS. Give accurate instructions to put your baby on its back to sleep and not on the stomach. Tell them not to put blankets, soft toys, sheets or pillows in the crib.
Keep it simple, just your baby on its back and a firm strong motionless crib!