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1 Reducing the Risk of SIDS A Review of Child Care Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics

2 Facts about SIDS SIDS is the unexpected death of seemingly healthy babies 12 months or younger The exact causes of SIDS are unknown Experts cannot predict SIDS babies Approximately 20% of SIDS deaths occur while the infant is in child care

3 Facts about SIDS In 2000, there were about 2,500 SIDS cases (US) (This number was almost 8,000 before people started following AAP guidelines) Leading cause of death for babies from 1 to 12 months of age Highest number is at 2 to 4 months; 91% occur between 1 and 6 months of age More SIDS deaths in winter months More male babies die of SIDS

4 Federal & State Regulations Head Start Performance Standard (b)(3) –To reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), all sleeping arrangements for infants must use firm mattresses and avoid soft bedding materials such as comforters, fluffy blankets, or stuffed toys Oregon Law (6) –Infants must be put to sleep on their backs

5 Guidelines for Child Care Centers American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that child care centers such as OCDC: – Provide a safe sleep environment –Use back to sleep position for babies, unless otherwise instructed by medical provider –Place babies on back, but allow them to turn when able –Promote tummy to play and back to sleep –Use safe sleep practices

6 Safe Sleep Environment Crib that meets safety standards Firm mattress that fits snugly into crib Avoid chairs, sofas, water beds, and adult beds No excess bedding, comforters, or pillows Bumper pads and wedges not recommended No toys or stuffed animals in crib Blankets tucked in along sides and foot of mattress

7 Safe Sleep Environment, continued Remove bibs and all other restraining material before placing baby to sleep Maintain a smoke-free environment Burp infants properly during feeding and before laying them down to sleep

8 Safe Sleep Practices Always put healthy babies to sleep on their backs for naps and at bedtime Avoid overheating –Never cover infants head with a blanket –Room temperature should be comfortable for a lightly clothed adult –Do not overdress Do not have more than one baby per crib

9 Tummy to Play and Back to Sleep Supervised tummy time when babies are awake –Promotes healthy physical and brain development –Strengthens neck, arm, and shoulder muscles Back to sleep –Reduces the risk of SIDS –Allows baby to move head as needed

10 Benefits of Safe Sleeping Save lives of babies Shows parents that health and safety are high priority Educates staff Educates parents Reduces risk of liability

11 Alternate Sleep Position Require written and signed parent and provider permission –Identifies medical reason why baby sleeps in position other than on back Inform all teachers and floaters Keep care plan in family file and place a copy in classroom

12 Resources National Institute of Child Health and Human Development –http://www.nichd.nih.gov/sids/sids.cfm Healthy Child Care America –www.healthychildcare.org


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