New Policy Statement: On Monday, October 24, 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics released an updated policy statement on safe sleep guidelines to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related deaths. “SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment,” draws on new research and serves as the first update to Academy policy since 2011.
AAP recommendations on creating a safe sleep environment include:
- Place the baby on his or her back on a firm sleep surface such as a crib or bassinet with a tight-fitting sheet.
- Avoid use of soft bedding, including crib bumpers, blankets, pillows and soft toys. The crib should be bare.
- Share a bedroom with parents, but not the same sleeping surface, preferably until the baby turns 1 but at least for the first six months. Room-sharing decreases the risk of SIDS by as much as 50 percent.
- Avoid baby’s exposure to smoke, alcohol and illicit drugs.
Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics Resources
- Infant Safe Sleep Handout – Ohio AAP
- Special Edition of Ohio Pediatrics for SIDS Awareness Month in October 2016
- Ohio AAP Safe Sleep Infographic
- Ohio AAP SIDS Toolkit
- Ohio AAP Prescription for Safe Sleep
- Injury Education Postcard
More Helpful Resources
- Safe Sleep for Your Baby – ODH
- Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Safe Sleep Resources
- Is Your Baby Sleeping Safely? Infographic – American Baby
- ODH Infant Safe Sleep PSA
- HealthyChildren.org – Safe Sleep
- Safe to Sleep Public Education Campaign
- Cribs for Kids
- First Candle
- Charlie’s Kids
- Ohio Collaborative to Prevent Infant Mortality
- Safe Sleep Video
- All infants are at risk: urban, rural and suburban; white, black and other races; bottle-fed and breastfed; rich and poor. These videos feature the stories of parents who were affected by SIDS in central Ohio and nationwide.
- Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Safe Sleep, provided by Ohio AAP Injury Prevention Co-Medical Director and mother of three, Dr. Sarah Denny.