Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent, St.Vincent Women’s Services and The Children’s Museum have joined forces as community partners “4 Kids Health” promoting various kid’s health issues.
“St.Vincent Health has delivered more than 88,000 babies including nearly 9,000 NICU grads and is committed to promoting Safe Sleep education,”said Sharon Johns, program supervisor, Perinatal Support Services, St.Vincent Center for Women’s Health.
Each year, approximately 2,300 infants die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). While researchers still aren’t sure what causes SIDS, there are risk factors including:
- Soft bedding, pillows or blankets, as well as bumper pads
- Being overheated during sleep
- Having a parent or caregiver who smokes
- Sleeping on stomach
From April 1-30, 2013, infant caregivers may bring crib bumper pads to the concierge desk at The Children’s Museum to trade for a free sleep sack, courtesy of St.Vincent. The bumper pads will be given to a local charity where the pads are disassembled and material is reused.
Safe Sleep Do’s and Don’ts
Whether you are a new parent or this is your third child, remember to keep your infant safe during a nap or bedtime.
- Do use a sleep sac.
- Don’t leave anything in your child’s crib. Remember, “Nothing but baby.”
- Do invest in a firm and tight-fitting crib mattress with a fitted sheet.
- Don’t sleep with your child on any surface, this includes recliner, bed, sofa, etc. Room sharing is recommended.
- Do make sure your child sleeps on his or her back, not the stomach or side.
- Don’t smoke cigarettes during or after pregnancy, and have anyone who smokes change their clothing before having contact with the baby.
Review these precautions with anyone who may be keeping your child, including family members, babysitters, nannies or childcare workers.
For more information on safe sleep, visit firstcandle.org.