In an attempt to further educate the public about the risks entailed by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, the American Association of Pediatrics have released new guidelines for parents.
As the Institution points out, the new and updated guidelines have proven so effective that they will actually decrease the odds of SIDS by more than 50 percent. Young parents are encouraged to put them into practice as soon as possible.
We have read the entire document detailing AAP’s newest guidelines and have selected only the most important guidelines for you. However, if you wish to read all the guidelines then head over to APP’s official website and review the full statement.
The first guideline issued by the American Association of Pediatrics refers to the infant’s sleeping environment. According to the document cited above, the infant should sleep in the same room with you until he reaches the age of six months. However, it would be preferred not to switch sleeping rooms until he’s one year old.
Another important aspect to keep in mind is the infant’s bed. To decrease the risk associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, pediatricians recommend that the baby should be put to sleep on his back on a firm baby bed, covered only with a sheet.
Please refrain from putting any loose bedding in the crib, as these items might increase the risk of asphyxiation. In addition, the pediatricians recommend that parents should not put stuffed toys in the crib during nighttime for the same concern.
Specialists are quite aware of how tiresome it can become to sleep in the same room with an infant and that most parents have to get up early in the morning in order to get to work. So, they recommend that however sleepy or tired you are, when you get up from bed to pacify the infant, you should always make sure to put him on his back, and not on the stomach or side.
Pediatricians have discovered that breastfeeding can also decrease the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
The last thing to keep in mind about SIDS is that you must constantly monitor your baby’s health during his naptime. If you see or hear any signs of distress, don’t hesitate to contact your pediatrician.
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