Are you a parent who is contributing to the 55% of infants that are put to bed in an unsafe bed– raising the risk of death?
According to a recent study, 16 of every 100,000 babies die from suffocation in their sleep and 53 babies per 100,000 die from sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, in 2010.
The study showed that just in 2010, 2,000 babies died from SIDS and 640 died from suffocation.
Senior scientist in the Maternal and Infant Health Branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Carrie Shapiro-Mendoza, says, “Babies should sleep on a firm, safety-approved mattress with a fitted sheet, without any other bedding. Also important when placing the infant to sleep in a crib or bassinet is placing the infant on his or her back and not sharing a sleep surface with the infant.” Noting that, “Soft bedding has been shown to increase the risk of SIDS. Soft objects and loose bedding — such as thick blankets, quilts and pillows — can obstruct an infant’s airway and impose suffocation risk.”
So if your baby has been laid to rest in bedding that you now think may be unsafe, please do something about it. It would be travesty to lose something so precious so soon.
Are you letting your baby sleep in too soft of a bed, blanket, or pillow? If so, STOP!