for Safe Sleep?
Kern Medical is committed to making sure moms have all the tools they need to provide their babies a safe sleeping environment. One of the most important things is that your baby sleeps alone, in his or her own safety-approved crib, not in bed with mom or another caregiver or child.
If you don’t have a separate, safe place for your baby to sleep, Kern Medical can help with providing you one. Families that deliver at Kern Medical will now participate in our SUID educational program. With education and screening, all families that need assistance to create a safe sleep environment will receive a port-a-crib. Kern Medical is committed to creating a safe sleep environment for all newborns in our community.
Please know that we are here to help. For more information, call 661-326-2606.
Thanks, and we look forward to taking care of you and your baby.
Safe Sleep Classes at Kern Medical
6 p.m. in Room 1058
March 22, 2017
April 26, 2017
May 17, 2017
The ABC’s of Safe Sleep for Babies
Nothing is more important than your baby’s safety. And your baby depends on you to be safe.
It’s a sad fact that 3,500 babies die each year from Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) – deaths in infants under 1 year old that have no obvious cause before investigation. That number includes Sudden Infant Death Syndrome – in which no cause of death can be determined even after careful study.
SUID is the leading cause of death among babies 1 to 12 months old, and 90 percent occur before 6 months. SIDS, with about 1,500 deaths a year, is the leading cause of death in infants 1 to 12 months old. Although the cause of death can’t always be explained, most occur in unsafe sleeping environments.
Babies can accidentally suffocate or choke to death when soft bedding, such as pillows or blankets, covers the nose and mouth. Suffocation can also occur when an infant is wedged between two objects such as a mattress and wall, a bed frame or furniture. Fatal choking can occur when the baby’s head and neck get caught between crib railings.
Many of these deaths are preventable, with close attention to making the sleep environment safe. Please learn and understand some of the essentials. We call them the ABC’s of infant sleep safety:
A – Alone
- Babies should sleep alone, not with mom, another caregiver or other children in a bed.
- Instead, parents should share their room, not their bed. With room sharing, you can keep a close watch over your baby, while preventing accidents that might happen in an adult bed or a couch. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends room sharing, known to reduce the risk of SUID, to help in feeding, comforting, and monitoring.
- Nothing should be in the crib with the baby; no pillows, bumper pads, blankets, stuffed animals or other soft objects, or toys.
B – Back
- Babies should be placed on their backs for sleep, not on the tummy or side. Babies who sleep on their backs are less likely to get fevers, stuffy noses, and ear infections. It’s easier for babies to look around the room and to move their arms and legs.
- Some babies don’t like sleeping on their backs at first, but most get used to it quickly.
- Do give your baby “Tummy Time” when awake. Supervised time on the tummy helps the baby develop shoulder and neck muscles.
C – Crib
- Use a safety-approved crib, bassinet or play yard. Use a firm mattress and a fitted sheet. Flat sheets can come loose and hinder the baby’s breathing.
- If your baby falls asleep on a bed, couch, armchair, or in a sling, swing or other carrier, put your baby in a crib to finish sleeping.
- Don’t use bumper pads; they can be hazardous. Be sure the mattress is flush with the crib rails. If you can fit more than two fingers between mattress and rails, they are too far apart.
- Don’t use blankets that can smother or choke. Instead, put your baby in a one-piece “onesie” or sleep sack. But make sure your baby isn’t too warm. Keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for an adult. Sweating or rapid breathing indicates the baby is too warm.
- Breast-feed your baby. Studies show that breast-feeding helps prevent SUID and has other long-lasting health benefits for both mom and her baby. But be sure you are in a safe position for your baby and avoid falling asleep.
- Try using a pacifier to help your baby get to sleep, but don’t force your baby to take it.
- Get your baby immunized. Studies show that vaccinations are not linked to SUID and can reduce the risk of SIDS.
- If your baby is in a front or back baby carrier, be sure the baby’s face is always visible.
- Never use a car seat, baby swing, carriage or other carrier without properly fastening all the straps. Babies have died from getting caught in partially fastened straps.
- No smoking. Do not smoke in your home or around your baby and make sure no one else does. For help in quitting, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit Women.Smokefree.gov.
- Do not use alcohol, or illicit or impairing drugs.
- Don’t rely on home baby monitors – Be alert!
Reducing Risk of SUID – English
Reducir el riesgo de SMIS – Español
If you or someone you know has lost a baby, the following organizations offer support:
CJ Foundation for SIDS
Sudden Unexplained Death In Childhood Foundation (SUDC)
The Compassionate Friends
Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc.