SIDS - Current safe sleeping guidelines

OptiStart Chiropractic
July 13, 2018

SIDS and Kids have put Safe Sleeping guidelines for parents which are straight forward and easy to understand.

Six ways to sleep baby safely and reduce the risk of sudden and unexpected death in infancy:

1. Sleep baby on the back from birth, not on the tummy or side

2. Sleep baby with head and face uncovered

3. Keep baby smoke free before birth and after

4. Provide a safe sleeping environment night and day

5. Sleep baby in their own safe sleeping place in the same room as an adult care-giver for the first six to twelve months

6. Breastfeed baby

Providing a safe sleeping environment night and day is often an area which causes confusion to new parents, with many products still available which are not recommended. SIDS and Kids guidelines are:

Safe Sleeping environment night and day

1. Choose a safe cot which meets Australian Standard AS2172

2. Ensure a safe mattress which is firm, clean, flat and right size for cot

3. Tuck blankets in firmly or use a safe baby sleeping bag

4. Do not use a pillow, cot bumper, lamb’s wool, soft toy or doona in the cot day or night

SIDS and Kids is an Australian community-based organisation dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood and to supporting bereaved families www.sidsandkids.org