Raising awareness about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

DELMARVA–October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month, it’s a death that officials say can be prevented.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 3,500 infants die of sleep-related infants deaths each year in the United States. This includes sudden infant death syndrome also known as SIDS. It’s where the child has some type of accidental suffocation or strangulation in bed, and to help decrease the risk of SIDS we’re told prevention is key.

“The rate of occurrence is still present it is still something that occurs in society and we’re always trying to prevent things preventable things,” Dr. Lauren McGovern, Pediatric Hospitalist at TidalHealth, said. “Children should be put on a flat firm surface for their sleep position, we want to keep any soft objects away from them, take the bumpers out of the cribs, stuffed animals, pillows.”

McGovern also recommends pacifier use and decreasing smoke exposure in the house, which we’re told will help children have the best optimal chances with any kind of breathing problems. Also, McGovern says children co-rooming with a parent is also recommended. This means children sleeping close to a parental in their own sleep space; it does not mean co-sleeping.

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