The American Academy of Pediatrics noted Tuesday that co-sleeping is unsafe for infant sleep under any circumstances. This first update Safe sleep guidelines for babies from 2016.
“We know that many parents choose to share a bed with their child, for example, perhaps to help with breastfeeding, or because of cultural preference or a belief that it’s safe,” said Dr. Rebecca Carlin, co-author of the guideline. Skill. Report by the AAP Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Task Force and the AAP Fetal and Neonatal Committee in a statement.
“The evidence is clear that (co-sleeping) significantly increases the risk of injury or death to infants,” said Carlin, assistant professor of pediatrics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. “As such, AAP cannot support bed sharing in any way.”
This is one of many AAP recommendations to pediatricians to help stem the trend of infant sleep deaths.
about 3,500 babies, Many of these people live in socially disadvantaged communities and die each year from sleep-related infant deaths in the United States, the AAP said.
“In 2010-2013, the unintentional infant mortality rate (SUID) of black and American Indian/Alaska Native infants was more than double and nearly triple that of white infants (85 per 100,000 live births), respectively,” AAP said. In a press release.
“We’ve come a long way in learning how to keep babies safe in their sleep, but there’s still a lot of work to be done,” Dr. Rachel Moon, lead author of the guideline and professor of pediatrics at the University of Virginia, said in a release. .
While the AAP strongly recommends against co-sleeping, its updated guidelines state that babies should sleep in the same room as their parents for at least six months, on a separate sleeping surface with a firm, level surface.
based on new CPSC Regulations Effective this week, the only baby sleep products available for sale include cribs, bassinets, playrooms and headrests. A bedside pillow is a small self-contained bassinet or bassinet that attaches to a parent’s bed but allows a baby to sleep on its own without any bedding.
AAP says parents should not use sleep products that are not marketed specifically for sleep.
Other sleeping environments can also put babies at risk. AAP with infants resting and falling asleep on sofas, armchairs or cushions increases infant mortality risk by 67% famous. If a baby was born prematurely, was underweight at birth or was less than 4 months old, sleeping in a bed, sofa or other place increased the risk of death by five to 10 times, the academy said.
“A good way to test if a surface is too soft is to press down on your hand and lift it up. If your hand leaves an indentation, it’s too soft.” first candlea national non-profit organization Committed to eliminating SIDS and other sleep-related child deaths through education and advocacy.
According to reports, parents should always leave babies to sleep alone on a flat, firm mattress covered with a comfortable sheet. AAP. Avoid all extra items in the crib, including soft toys, blankets, pillows, soft bedding, sleep positioners, or crib bumpers, as babies can become trapped in these items and suffocate to death.
These products are usually Psychologist Carol Pollack-Nelson, a former employee of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is now studying how people use consumer products.
“When they saw their little peanut crying and trying to fit into the big crib, they were like, ‘Okay, I need to warm up the crib. My baby just came out of the womb, you know. So intuitively Say, it makes sense,” Pollack-Nelson said.
But Jacobson says babies don’t need any of these padding products for warmth and comfort. “Don’t use sheets or blankets, put babies in diaper bags or portable blankets. »
In fact, putting a baby through too many clothes or blankets, especially in a warm room, may increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, Jacobson said.
“Hat and any other headgear should be removed before putting your baby to bed,” she said, adding that babies only need one extra layer than adults typically wear.
The AAP says bumpers are no longer required because crib slats are now required to be close together. “Shops now sell mesh bumpers and upright crib liners. But even these can come loose and become a strangulation hazard. Babies can also be trapped between themselves and the crib mattress,” the academy warns.
New CPSC regulations will ban all products sold with an incline greater than 10 percent for infant sleep. These products include reclining sleepers and sleep positioners – also known as baby nests, docks, bassinets, recliners, rockers and diapers, AAP said. Many products may not be sold as sleeping pills, but babies often use them to fall asleep.
Many of these products on the market have an incline of up to 30 percent, which can be dangerous because babies tilt their heads forward during sleep, the APP said. This chin-to-chest position restricts their airway, leading to suffocation. Babies can also climb out of the device and become trapped under it, the AAP warns.
This Safe Baby SleepPromulgated last year, the ban on the production and sale of recliners and bed bumpers.
Car seats, strollers, swings, baby carriers and baby carriers can also block a baby’s airway, the AAP said. So while the baby is falling asleep in it—which is inevitable—parents must lay the child on their back on a flat, firm surface.
In its new guidance, the AAP also warns against the use of commercial devices, including wearable displays, that claim to reduce the risk of SIDS or other sleep-related problems.
Also, Jacobson said, don’t use at-home cardiorespiratory monitors — devices that monitor a baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels — as a way to reduce the risk of SIDS because there’s no evidence they work.
“The use of products that claim to improve sleep safety can give parents a false sense of security,” which “may lead to a reduction in infants’ safe sleep habits,” she said.