Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or cot death is every parent’s worst nightmare. It’s when babies 12 months or less dies while sleeping for no apparent reason. The mystery of this killer remains, but you can do these crucial ways to protect your baby.
Put your baby on his back to sleep. The safest and best sleep position for your little one is on his back per American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Research also reveals that babies who sleep on their backs are less likely to suffer SIDS.
Blankets & Stuffed Toys
Parents get excited about filling their babies’ cribs with cute stuff like blankets and stuffed animals. However, these items pose the risk of SIDS as blankets cause strangulation and stuffed toys cause suffocation. These should be kept away from the crib and only use with adult supervision.
Your baby’s room temperature is crucial in fighting back against the risk of SIDS. An overheated room is not recommended as it dulls their respiratory system. As such, set your baby’s room at a temperature that you feel comfortable. Ideally, your baby’s room should be around 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
It’s tempting to sleep with your baby on your bed but this scenario only increases the risk of SIDS on him. It is encouraged to share a room with your little nugget but put him in a crib or a bassinet. As such, you can monitor your baby and feed him without endangering his safety and health.
Pets, especially cats, are not encouraged inside the baby’s room as they can cause suffocation. Their fur and dander greatly affect your baby’s breathing pattern and can cause certain allergies as well.
Smoking as dangerous as it gets on smokers also put a baby at a greater risk for SIDS. This is especially true when his mother smokes when she was pregnant and even after giving birth. Quitting smoking is not only best for your health, it also reduces the risk of SIDS and improves your child’s development and growth.