Reducing the risk of SIDS

Posted on: October 9th, 2015 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

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Each year, approximately 4,000 babies in the United States die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS. While approximately half of these cases can be attributed to causes such as accidental suffocation, others are the result of an unknown medical vulnerability, and are thus classified as a natural death.

Here at Jayhawk Pharmacy, we want to help you raise a healthy, happy baby. With October being SIDS Awareness Month, we thought we would spend today’s blog talking about some ways you can reduce SIDS:

  • Always lay your child on his or her back. In 1994, the US National Institute of Child Health and Human Development launched a campaign to encourage parents to lay their children on their backs instead of their stomachs. As a results, SIDS declined in the US by 50%
  • Don’t have any kind of a cover, pillows, blankets, bumper pads or positioning devices in the crib. The child should lay in a bare crib with a firm mattress.
  • Don’t have the baby fall asleep in the same bed as you or fall asleep in another child’s bed. Likewise, don’t dose off while feeding your baby.
  • Never leave your child on his or her stomach unattended. A baby should have plenty of tummy time, but it should be on a mat on the floor and not in bed.
  • Do not let your baby get too warm. Cool the temperature of the room or remove some of his or her clothing if he or she starts to sweat.
  • Do not smoke in the house.
  • Studies have shown that pacifiers can reduce the risk of sleep-related deaths in infants. Introduce the pacifier after your child has learned to nurse properly. However, don’t attach the pacifier to the baby or the crib, as these can become a choking hazard.

Jayhawk Pharmacy is here for new and nursing moms! If you have any questions about SIDS reduction, give us a call. For all our maternity products, visit our online catalog.

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