Monday, July 18, 2011

Reduce SIDS - Safe Sleep Recommendations


June 2011 updated statement from the Public Health Agency of Canada on how babies should sleep to reduce the incidence of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) have been released.

Firstly, what is SIDS? Wikipedia explains it here
The Public Health Agency of Canada Statement for Safe Sleep: HERE

The Gist!
  • Infants placed on their backs to sleep, for every sleep, have a reduced risk of SIDS
  • Preventing exposure to tobacco smoke, before and after birth, reduces the risk of SIDS
  • The safest place for an infant to sleep is in a crib, cradle, or bassinet that meets current Canadian regulations
  • Infants who share a room with a parent or caregiver have a lower risk of SIDS
  • Breastfeeding provides a protective effect for SIDS

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