A baby in the family brings untold joys and excitement. But, even before the baby comes it is important to take steps to ensure your baby’s safety. Take care of
yourself during your pregnancy. Never smoke or let other people smoke around you or your baby. Babies who are around people who smoke are more likely to die from SIDS. Avoid drinking alcohol, and using marijuana or other recreational illegal drugs during pregnancy and after the baby is born, especially if you plan to breastfeed. Babies whose mothers smoked during pregnancy are more likely to die from SIDS. Be sure to get regular checkups when you are pregnant, take prenatal vitamins and eat a healthy diet. Once your baby gets here, make sure he or she gets all recommended shots (vaccines). Your baby is very fragile and can succumb to many situations that we, as adults take for granted. Some common hazards to baby’s health will be discussed in this report.
BABY’S SAFETY AGAINST SIDS:
Sadly, one common sleep related hazard is known as ‘sudden infant death syndrome’, or SIDS. SIDS is the unexplained death of an otherwise healthy baby under one year of age, usually during sleep. Infants are at greatest risk for sleep-related deaths and SIDS until four months of age. The risk, while lower, continues
until the baby is a year old. During that time, and of course throughout your child’s life, it is important to avoid a baby’s exposure to smoke, alcohol, or illegal drugs. Also, a parent or caregiver who is smoking, or using alcohol or drugs can pose a threat to your baby and increase the risk of SIDS.
While SIDS may be unexplained, there are things all parents and caregivers can do to help prevent that unthinkable tragedy. Every parent should be aware of the dangers of SIDS and take steps to limit the risk. We want to help you prevent that tragic event from occurring by sharing with you the tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The AAP developed recommendation to help parents of infants create a “safe sleep environment” so these tragedies can be avoided.
First and most important is to place your baby to sleep on his or her back, even for a nap. This is because babies who usually sleep on their backs are at very high risk for SIDS if they sleep on their stomach.
Baby’s bed should be a firm sleep surface. Even if a mattress is considered “firm,” if something placed on the surface leaves an impression when lifted, it is too soft for baby.
The baby should sleep alone. Sleeping in an adult bed with you (or with other children or pets) is dangerous for your baby. Babies who share a bed with someone else are more likely to die from SIDS or other sleep-related cause of death.
Having your baby sleep in the same room as you – in her own crib, play yard, or bassinet – can lower the risk of SIDS. Keep your baby in the room with you for at least the first 6 months, or the first 12 months if possible.
Breastfeeding has been shown to provide added protection against SIDS. It’s important to remember to breastfeed in a place where mom will not fall asleep. While the idea of waking up and feeding your infant in bed sounds cozy, it is so easy to fall back asleep. Getting up can be difficult for an exhausted parent, but getting out of bed will wake you up enough to feed baby and then return baby to a safe sleeping space.