Children’s Colorado talks about importance of safe sleeping habits for infants
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The American Academy of Pediatrics reports around 3,500 infants die each year from “sudden unexpected infant death" or SUID. A neonatologist with Children’s Hospital Colorado, said many of the deaths occur from unsafe sleeping habits, especially after the first month the infant is born.
“Beyond the first month the leading cause of death is the SUID entity, the sudden unexpected instant death, and therefore we feel there is a lot that we can do to prevent dying," said Children’s Hospital Colorado Neonatologist, Dr. Susan Hwang.
Hwang said some of those tips include:
- Placing the child on their back when they are put to sleep.
- Keeping the sleeping space separate from other spaces.
- Making sure the sleeping surface is flat and firm.
- Making sure there are no objects in the sleeping space because of the dangers of suffocation.
- Making sure the child is not overheating.
Hwang said parents should be thinking of these safe sleeping habits long before the baby is born.
“It’s a conversation that we have to start in the prenatal period and really normalize it so that families are really firmly aware of what’s considered safe sleep, and are equipped to follow those safe sleep guidelines when the babies go home," said Hwang.
Hwang said it’s also important that medical professionals are modeling these same safe sleeping patterns. She also said parents should check on the kinds of equipment they are getting for their infants, because some are not safe.
For more information on safe tips for infants, you can visit Children’s Hospital Colorado’s website here.
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