Working to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) locally
October is National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month, and Columbus Community Hospital (CCH) is joining the fight to reduce the risk of SIDS locally. CCH is proud to partner with the Briggs and Barrett Project to present the “Back is best” campaign.
As part of this partnership, all new parents who deliver at CCH receive a Halo Sleep Sack and a copy of the book “Sleep Baby: Safe and Snug.” These materials are meant to promote safe sleep practices from day one.
Research shows parents and caregivers can help reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths by placing babies on their backs for all sleep times and removing blankets or toys from sleep areas. Each Halo Sleep Sack enables babies to be swaddled without a blanket, and the “Sleep Baby: Safe and Snug” book educates families about SIDS prevention.
Through the month of October, CCH will also be producing several educational materials and working to raise awareness about this important cause.
Additional recommendations to reduce the risk of SIDS include:
Keep your baby’s sleep area in the same room where you sleep until your baby is at least six months old.
- Use a firm, flat surface, covered by a fitted sheet.
- Do not cover your baby’s head or allow your baby to get too hot.
Do not smoke during pregnancy, and do not smoke or allow smoking around your baby.
- Do not drink alcohol or use illegal drugs during pregnancy.
- Visit your baby’s health care provider for regular checkups.
This partnership was made possible due to generous donations received by the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation.