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Safety Alert: Safe Sleep for Infants

Back to Sleep. The slogan that started back in 1992 has drastically decreased infant mortality rates due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Despite the campaign, however, children still die from SIDS-related events that are preventable.

I wanted to share this excellent video from the Tennessee Department of Health about this important subject. Thanks to Dr. Michael Warren, a friend of mine from Vanderbilt, for allowing me to share it with you!

To put it simply, always follow the ABC’s of safe sleep for infants, meaning that babies should always sleep:

A: Alone

B: on their Back

C: in a Crib 

Other helpful sleep tips to reduce the risk of SIDS:

  • Avoid co-sleeping
  • Remove stuffed animals, extra blankets, and pillows from the crib. It is OK to swaddle (see Dr. Brown’s post here), but there’s no need for extra “stuff” in the crib!
  • Use a firm crib mattress
  • Although they’re cute, remove bumpers from the crib, as they pose an extra suffocation risk
  • Breastfeed if possible and consider using pacifiers when sleeping, as both have been shown to decrease the risk of SIDS
  • Avoid exposure to tobacco smoke
  • Avoid overheating; a general rule of thumb is that infants may need one light layer more than what you may require at night

Keep these tips in mind as you tuck your little one in at night!