By using these SIDS prevention tips you can find out how to reduce the SIDS risk in your baby nursery. SIDS is happening to a large extent not just something that happens to other people and it’s preventable. It’s a long way towards ensuring infant safety and preventing a tragedy. Do you know how it possible? You’ve to do it step-by-step.
How can you prevent SIDS step-by-step?
1. For every sleep you have to place your baby on the back to sleep. A national “Back to Sleep” campaign was organized by the U.S. Public Health Service in 1994, resulting in a reduction in SIDS deaths. The SIDS rate has dropped around 30%-40% in the U.S. in the past few years. Back sleeping contributes towards the prevention of SIDS. If you place your baby on the back to sleep he/she can awake easily and get more oxygen.
2. Breastfeed your baby. It’s an important factor in SIDS prevention and can reduce the SIDS rates around three times.
3. Smoking is a bad habit and don’t smoke during pregnancy period. Please keep the environment smoke free it’s risky for your baby because it can increase the risk of SIDS double.
4. It’s risky to let your baby get too warm, over bundling and consequently overheating. Normal neurological control of sleep and breathing may be disrupted by overheating and over bundling. The abnormal changes in temperature affect the respiratory control center in the brain.
Here are some guidelines to keep your baby comfortably warm –
The head and face are main source of heat release of a baby. So uncover the baby’s head.
Sleeping on the back can release the most heat so put infant to sleep on the back.
Don’t bundle up your baby when he/she has a fever because in that situation it’s become hotter.
Don’t use any hot water bottle and electric blanket.
Make sure that your baby’s cloth is comfortable when he/she is sleeping.
Please don’t overheat the room when your baby is sleeping.
Keep the room’s temperature around 20 degree Celsius.
You might want to use a humidifier in your nursery room. Best humidity is around 60 to 70 percent. If it’s too dry, a baby’s breathing passages may be dried out, making his nose stuffy and thickening the mucous in his airways. High humidity, on the other hand, helps the growth of respiratory allergens.
5. SIDS researchers believe SIDS death are causing from the suffocation rather than defective physiological or neurological problems of the baby. The supply of fresh air is a major factor in SIDS prevention so make sure that the baby has a constant supply of fresh air.
6. An infant needs good flow of fresh air. Make sure your nursery room is well ventilated; if not, use a fan to circulate the air. You can also open a window or keep the door partially open. Ensure that the window treatments don’t obstruct the inflow of air and blinds up a bit to let air in. If you use crib bumpers then make a space between the bumper and the mattress for the flow of air.
7. You have to use a baby crib that meets current crib safety standards preferably organic. An ideal co-sleeping arrangement is the bedside crib so your baby is right next to you.
To encourage back or side-sleeping you can follow these tips –
1. To promote the habit of back-sleeping lay your baby down to sleep on the back from Day One.
2. First let him/her falls asleep on stomach. When he/she is soundly asleep gently turn him/her over onto back.
3. You can rock him/her off to sleep in your arms after that as soon as he is about to drift off to sleep don’t forget to place him/her on back. Otherwise you can hang a mobile over the crib when he/she refuses to fall asleep in the position.
4. The most important thing is to use a firm sleeping surface and remove cushy crib toys and pillows.
Buy the right safe sleep products, take all the SIDS prevention steps you can when you set up your baby nursery, and then enjoy every precious moment with your new baby.