Why are we still talking about this?
Each year, about 3,500 infants die unexpectedly during sleep time from SIDS or accidental suffocation. The rates of accidental trauma and injuries due to unsafe sleep environments/bed-sharing is increasing. From 2010-2017 in Greenville County alone, 60 infants died due to SUID – accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed. (Source: South Carolina Birth Outcomes Initiative SCDHHS 2017)
Here are recommendations on how to create environments that can reduce the risk of all sleep-related infant deaths, including SIDS:
DO put your baby to sleep on his or her back.
DO put your baby in a crib for naptime and bedtime.
DO use a firm crib mattress covered by a fitted sheet designed for specific product.
DO put the baby’s crib in the same room as your bed.
DO breastfeed your baby.
DO use a pacifier for sleep.
DO keep your baby’s immunizations up to date.
DON’T put your baby to sleep on his or her side or stomach.
DON’T use a car seat, swing, bouncy seat, stroller, infant carrier or infant sling for routine sleep.
DON’T use blankets, pillows or bumper pads in the crib.
DON’T sleep in the same bed as your baby.
DON’T use sleep positioners.
DON’T hang a pacifier around your baby’s neck.
DON’T smoke around your baby.