Safe Sleep – Families/Caregivers

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New Policy Statement: On Monday, October 24, 2016, the American Academy of Penatl-ssdiatrics 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.

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  • Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Safe Sleep, provided by Ohio AAP Injury Prevention Co-Medical Director and mother of three, Dr. Sarah Denny.

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The Ohio AAP is proud to partner with the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund to promote safe sleep as a means of reducing Ohio’s infant mortality rate.