Here are their recommendations:
- Babies should have their own sleep space and are not to sleep with parents.
- Don’t dress baby too warmly.
- Keep the room cool.
- No soft materials in the crib.
- Lay baby on their backs.
- Give baby a pacifier at nap and bedtime.
- Don’t swaddle baby.
The AAP suggests:
- Skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth.
- Tummy time.
- Breast feeding.
- No smoking of any kind in the house.
- Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, pot and drugs if you’re planning to get pregnant.
Some aspects of SIDS are environmental and some aren’t. Many babies who die of SIDS have subtle problems in their brainstems. A full medical team could not save them at the time they stopped breathing.
Control the controllable. Follow the AAP guidelines.
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