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You can help reduce your patients’ risk of dying in an unsafe sleep environment!
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.
A Safe Sleep Environment – Help Families Understand What It Looks Like:
Resources for You and Your Patients
- Great Handouts for Families And Caregivers
- Summaries of the Problem and Recommendations
- Additional Research
Links for Additional Safe Sleep Education and Resources
- Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Safe Sleep Resources
- 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
- 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.
Please complete the form below to contacted by the Ohio AAP with additional information on how you can be involved in Safe Sleep Initiatives.