Our mission is to end unexpected infant mortality through education, support, medical services and research. Our Reduce the Risk campaign focuses on two categories of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) : (1) Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and (2) accidental suffocation/ co-sleeping.
As factors are identified which are associated with reduced risk of sudden death during infancy, the Institute has risen to the challenge by mounting “safe sleep” campaigns. Modifying certain caretaker behaviors may reduce the risk of infant death by 50 – 70%. This demonstrates the critical importance of effective, comprehensive educational curricula. In addition to training parents of high risk infants, programs are offered for high school students, childcare providers, parents and grandparents, and the general lay and medical communities. Volunteers are available to serve as speakers upon request. A reference library and resource center is housed at the Institute.
Create A Safe Sleep Environment*
“It is important for health care professionals, staff in newborn nurseries and neonatal intensive care units, and child care providers to endorse the recommended ways to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related deaths, starting at birth,” Dr. Rachael Moon said. “There needs to be more education for health care providers and trainees on how to prevent suffocation deaths and to reduce SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths — our goal is to ultimately eliminate these deaths completely.” Rachel Moon, MD, FAAP, was chair of the AAP SIDS task force and lead author of the new guidelines listed below.
The report includes the following recommendations:
• Always place your baby on his or her back for every sleep time.
• 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).
• Keep soft objects or loose bedding out of the crib. This includes pillows, blankets, and bumper pads.
• Wedges and positioners should not be used.
• Pregnant woman should receive regular prenatal care.
• Don’t smoke during pregnancy or after birth.
• Breastfeeding is recommended.
• 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.
• Infants should receive all recommended vaccinations.
• Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development and minimize the occurrence of positional plagiocephaly (flat heads).
* Excerpted from the American Academy of Pediatrics Guidelines for Infant Sleep Safety and SIDS Risk Reduction (10/18/2011).
To schedule a SIDS Reduce the Risk for Childcare Providers or SIDS-Educational Program presentation in Brazoria County, or if you would like more information on our educational services, please contact our educator, Laura Ray, at 1-800-245-SIDS (7437). Or you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit our “Programs and Educational Resources” page for Reduce the Risk and Safe Sleep information.