Safe Kids Carroll: Some preventative tips during National SIDS Awareness Month – Carroll County Times

October is very well known for being Breast Cancer Awareness month, but not many people know it is also National SIDS Awareness month.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the “sudden death of an infant less than 1 year of age that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted.”

SIDS is the leading cause of death among 1-12 month old infants, and while the exact causes are unknown, research has shown that there are ways to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death. Here are some guidelines from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and Fetal/Infant Mortality Review Board at the Carroll County Health Department:

  • Always place babies on their back for every sleep.
  • Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib, covered by a fitted sheet.
  • Have the baby share your room, not your bed.
  • Do not let the baby sleep on a couch, chair, or adult bed alone or with anyone else.
  • Keep soft objects such as pillows, loose bedding, bumpers, and stuffed animals out of your baby’s sleep area. All you should have in your crib is a firm mattress with a fitted sheet.
  • Think about giving your baby a pacifier for naps and nighttime sleeping to help reduce the risk of SIDS. Do not force it on the baby, and do not attach it to anything (a string, clothes, etc.). If the pacifier falls out while the baby is sleeping, there is no need to put it back in their mouth.
  • Watch for signs of overheating such as sweating or the baby’s chest feeling hot to the touch. Dress baby appropriately for the environment (do not over bundle), and keep baby’s head and face uncovered during sleep.

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