Parish Nurses Ministry


August 2017

Safe Slumber

SIDS remains the leading cause of death for babies one month to 12 months of age, with most deaths between one and four months and 90% before six months. SIDS claims the lives of about 3,500 babies each year in the U.S. That number can be greatly reduced if parents and grandparents follow the latest guidelines released in October 2016 from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Although the cause of SIDS is unknown, the following safe sleeping actions can greatly reduce the risk of SIDS:

Back to Sleep-placing babies on their backs every time they go to sleep. Use only a firm mattress with a fitted sheet. Move baby to his crib if he falls asleep elsewhere, like a car seat, baby swing or sofa. Room-sharing, the baby sleeps in his parents’ room until he is six months old, but not in the same bed as his parents. No loose bedding including pillows, blankets, bumper pads and stuffed toys out of the crib; Wearable blankets can keep baby cozy and safe. Breastfeeding and pacifiers both lower the risk of SIDS. Don’t use tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs during pregnancy because when you use, so does your baby!

Luke 2:7 says when Mary gave birth to Jesus, she wrapped him in swaddling clothes (strips of linen wound around him) to keep him warm, protect internal organs, and give him a sense of security.

Sharrell Person R.N., B.S.N.
Parish Nurse