SIDS Update: Changes to Know About

Since 1992, when the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that all babies be placed on their backs to sleep, deaths from SIDS have declined dramatically. However, sleep-related deaths from other causes, including suffocation, entrapment and asphyxia, have increased.

A new, updated policy has recently been issued and includes 3 important changes:

First (and this is big), since 2005 there has been a lot of research showing that breastfeeding protects against SIDS. So add the prevention of SIDS deaths to all the other significant benefits of nursing for at least the first 6-12 months.

The second change is an emphasis on immunization.

There’s been a lot of press about how immunizations may contribute to SIDS deaths. Again, there’s been conclusive research that shows this is absolutely not the case. In fact, if infants are immunized the risk of SIDS drops by 50%.

The third big change is the recommendation against using bumper pads in cribs, which can prevent accidental smothering.

The recommendations in the policy statement have been expanded to focus not only on SIDS, but on other crib-related deaths that can occur. The AAP is recommending against the cushions that go along the sides of the crib because babies can be suffocated by them.

Other key recommendations are:

  • Always use a firm sleep surface. Car seats and other sitting devices are not recommended for routine sleep.
  • The baby may sleep in the same room as the parents, but not in the same bed (room sharing without bed sharing).
  • Keep soft objects or loose bedding out of the crib.
  • Avoid the use of wedges and positioners.
  • Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.
  • Do not cover the infant’s head or overdress him, which could cause overheating.
  • Stay away from home monitors or commercial devices marketed to reduce the risk for SIDS as they are not effective.
  • Provide supervised, awake tummy time to promote development and minimize flat heads.

Eve R. Colson, MD, from the Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut is very happy to see this focus on preventing accidental deaths.

“As a director of our nursery and somebody who is really into medical education of families and of staff, I am glad to see this because we have seen lots of accidental deaths,” Dr. Colson, who was not a member of the policy statement task force, said.

“We, at Yale, have been so upset by the increased number of deaths in beds. The adult bed is not a safe place and I’m glad they’ve come out with this recommendation. We get SIDS deaths in our emergency room, but we also get babies who have suffocated because somebody rolled on them or they have ended up underneath a pillow or got trapped between the mattress and the wall. This is what we have seen and we want to prevent that.”

Email This Post Email This Post

Ellen and Rachel are two old friends and “expert” mamas—one a pediatrician and one a family therapist—with fifty years of parenting experience between them.


Warning: Illegal string offset 'echo' in /home/mamasonc/public_html/mama/wp-content/themes/hybrid/library/extensions/custom-field-series.php on line 157

Leave a Reply

Loading

MAMAS ON DEMAND

PARENT COACHING
& CONSULTATION

With One or Both of Us


Go to AskDrMama.com & AskMamaEllen.com for the scoop!

Phone • Internet • Your Home or Group

Watch This!

Learning about mental illness and how to talk about it is key to good parenting and healthy living. Take a look. It's oh, so common!

What You Said

  • ΠΡΟΓΝΩΣΤΙΚΑ ΟΠΑΠ: It’s remarkable designed for me to have a web page, which is beneficial for my experience....
  • sportsbooktop: Please let me know if you’re looking for a writer for your site. You have some really good posts...
  • Kristen: Cassandra, I get these little white bubble type blisters on my hand that sometimes dont itch and sometimes...
  • discount nfl clothing: discount nfl clothing cheap nfl jerseys free shipping paypal
  • Desley Joyce Brooker: I have a rash, that began over 5 weeks ago on my chest and within days it covered by entire...
  • hotcelebritywallpaper.com: This article is really a good one it assists new internet people, who are wishing for...
  • Paket wisata villa: Hello akan Anda pikiran berbagi Platform yang blog Anda menggunakan? Saya akan untuk memulai blog...
  • download ppt: Excellent beat ! I would like to apprentice at the same time as you amend your site, how can i...
  • ΑΠΕΝΤΟΜΩΣΕΙΣ ΧΑΝΙΑ: With havin so much written content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright...
  • kupon rabatowy apart: I am actually thankful to the owner of this site who has shared this impressive article at at...

Just so you know

The Mama ButtonThe information provided by MamasOnCall is not intended as a substitute for professional advice, but is for information purposes only. You assume full responsibility for the health and well-being of your family. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical or psychiatric condition.