Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden unexpected death of an infant between one month and one year of age and claims the lives of more than 2,000 infants in the United States each year. It is important for parents to learn the many things that can be done to reduce the risk of SIDS including:
- Place baby on their back to sleep.
- Baby should sleelp on a firm mattress, with no soft bedding or toys.
- Baby's crib should be placed in the parent's room for the first six months.
- Do not overheat baby with too much clothing.
- Never let anyone smoke around the baby.
- Use a pacifier during nap and at nighttime for the first year.
- Use wearable blankets to replace loose blankets on baby.
Hammond-Henry Hospital prides itself in best practice and safety for patients. Hammond-Henry Hospital is now using Halo SleepSacks (a wearable blanket that gives the feeling to the baby of being swaddled) instead of loose blankets in the crib.
Click here for more information about SIDS and Safe Sleep for Your Baby.
Hammond-Henry Hospital Women's Health/Birthing Center
600 North College Avenue
Phone: (309) 944-9169