SIDS Safe Sleep Practices » Nursing Jobs Blog – Nurses Insights at Nursing

SIDS Safe Sleep Practices

January 11th, 2016  |  The Blog

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS is a scary and tragic possibility for parents to worry about every single night and day when they have an infant. SIDS refers to when a baby goes to sleep and does not wake up. This is a totally unexpected death of an otherwise healthy infant.

Tragically, about 2,300 babies die every year in the United States. This number needs to be reduced or, preferably, totally eliminated. There is no medical explanation for Sudden Infant Death but recent research suggests that unsafe sleep practices contribute to the problem.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Explained

SIDS is defined as, “the sudden death of an infant under one year of age that cannot be explained following a thorough case investigation,” according to David Patterson, PhD, instructor of pathology at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Some facts about SIDS:

  • 90% of deaths happen within the first 6 months of life
  • The peak is between 1 and 4 months
  • It is more commonly boys than girls who are affected
  • Most deaths happen during the fall, winter and early spring months
  • Most babies appear healthy before it happens
  • The cause of SIDS is unknown

Smoking effects on SIDS:

  • Moms who choose to smoke during pregnancy deliver babies who have three times higher risk of dying from SIDS than a mom who does not smoke
  • Passive smoking in the home doubles a baby’s risk of SIDS

SIDS is a diagnosis of exclusion. It’s listed as the cause of death in cases where no other cause of death can be identified through a death scene investigation, an autopsy or a significant clinical history.

Theories About SIDS

The cause of SIDS is unknown but there are a few theories about why it happens. They include the following scenarios:

  • The inability of a baby to awake from sleep
  • A problem with the baby’s inability to recognize low oxygen levels
  • A build-up of CO2 (carbon dioxide) in the blood

In simple terms, if a baby sleeps on their stomach, they rebreathe exhaled CO2. Usually, when CO2 levels rise, it activates nerve cells in the brainstem and this, in turn, stimulates the respiratory and arousal areas of the brain. Ideally, the baby awakens, turns his/her head and breathes faster to take in more oxygen. With a case of SIDS, a baby fails to rouse and impending doom and death occur.

Safe Sleep Practices

Here are some safe sleep practices that should be followed every time a baby is napping or in their crib for a night’s sleep. These practices are thought to help babies avoid succumbing to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

  1. Babies should sleep on their back only
  2. No blankets or stuffed animals in the crib
  3. Do not overdress or over-bundle a baby in blankets
  4. Do not use bumper pads in the crib
  5. Do not let a baby get overheated while sleeping; dress lightly
  6. Keep the baby’s environment smoke-free including during pregnancy
  7. Monitoring a baby during the night is easier if his/her crib is in the parent’s room for the first 6 months
  8. No bed-sharing with parents

Other safety guidelines include:

  1. Babies should have regular well-visits to the MD, be up-to-date on immunizations (unless there is a religious exemption)
  2. If a baby is ill, he/she should be evaluated, as needed, by the MD
  3. Breastfed babies have a reduced risk of SIDS, for unknown reasons

Now, let’s look at the sleeping environment and how to keep it safe. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics or AAP, the following guidelines should be followed:

  1. The crib should be standard safety-approved with a firm mattress and a tight-fitting sheet.
  2. Cradles and bassinets are an acceptable sleeping environment if they meet the standard safety guidelines

One caveat to all of the back sleeping position is that babies should spend some “awake time” on their tummy. This is important to enhance motor development of the shoulders and also works to prevent flat spots from developing on the back of the baby’s head.

SIDS is a real and concerning health issue in the U.S. Teaching parents about the basic safety guidelines to prevent SIDS is critical to reducing the number of deaths.



About nburgess

No Responses to “SIDS Safe Sleep Practices”

  • kyrie 4 said on August 20th, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Can I simply say what a relief to discover somebody who genuinely knows what they’re talking about over the internet. You definitely know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people should read this and understand this side of your story. I was surprised you’re not more popular because you definitely possess the gift.
    kyrie 4

  • etedjovmws said on August 20th, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    SIDS Safe Sleep Practices ? Nursing Jobs Blog – Nurses Insights at Nursing

  • best lawn mower in australia 2014 said on August 20th, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    If some one wants to be updated with most recent technologies after that he must be go to see this web
    page and be up to date every day.

  • exhaust manifold burns said on August 21st, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Hello there, just became alert to your blog through Google, and
    found that it is truly informative. I’m going to watch out for brussels.
    I will appreciate if you continue this in future.
    Numerous people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  • said on August 21st, 2017 at 3:00 am

    Woah! I’m really loving the template/theme of this site.
    It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s tough to get that “perfect balance”
    between user friendliness and appearance. I must say you have done a
    fantastic job with this. In addition, the blog loads extremely quick for me on Safari.
    Superb Blog!

  • adidas pure boost said on August 21st, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Adidas another new low-top basketball shoes unique play new tricks
    adidas pure boost

  • Jeff Bagwell Astros Jersey said on August 21st, 2017 at 11:21 am

    New GPC, a company owned by Dr.
    Jeff Bagwell Astros Jersey

  • retro jordans said on August 21st, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    |These all YouTube gaming video lessons are really in nice quality, I watched out all these along by my mates.
    retro jordans

  • lebron soldier 10 said on August 21st, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    An absolute classic!Air Jordan 1 will back to retro metal red basketball shoes
    lebron soldier 10

  • grilled 4 burner said on August 21st, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    I blog frequently and I truly appreciate your information. This great article has really peaked my interest.
    I am going to take a note of your site and keep checking for new information about
    once per week. I opted in for your Feed as well.

  • Rolex replica said on August 21st, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    But I understand luck is not a techniques. Why should I preserve betting on the fortunate reach, if an authentic one can be completely replaced by Montblanc replica watches?
    Rolex replica

  • pre order jordan 11 space jam said on August 21st, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Aw, this was a really good post. Finding the time and actual effort to create a top notch article??but what can I say??I hesitate a whole lot and don’t manage to get nearly anything done.
    pre order jordan 11 space jam

  • Auto P?irteanna meais?nithe said on August 21st, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    SIDS Safe Sleep Practices ? Nursing Jobs Blog – Nurses Insights at Nursing

  • said on August 21st, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Very quickly this website will be famous amid all blogging
    and site-building users, due to it’s nice posts

  • Justin Upton Tigers Jersey said on August 21st, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    The meeting ended in consensus on the implementation of the water-taxi service.
    Justin Upton Tigers Jersey

  • Wholesale Baseball Jerseys 2018 said on August 22nd, 2017 at 4:40 am

    Patterson explained that the wharf taxis could have been implemented since Cabinet approved the motion.
    Wholesale Baseball Jerseys 2018

  • electronics said on August 22nd, 2017 at 5:13 am

    I for all time emailed this blog post page to all my contacts, because if like to read it afterward my contacts will too.

  • Joe Morgan Reds Jersey said on August 22nd, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Alluding to an imminent attack, Nandlall, in a profanity-laced 19-minute telephone conversation advised senior reporter Leonard Gildarie to get out of the Saffon Street office, which he described as a “dangerous place”.
    Joe Morgan Reds Jersey

  • buy instagram followers blackhatworld said on August 22nd, 2017 at 8:35 am

    I_m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but your sites
    really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site
    to come back down the road. Many thanks

  • adidas yeezy boost 350 v2 zebra said on August 22nd, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Thank you for the good writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it. Look advanced to far added agreeable from you! By the way, how could we communicate?
    adidas yeezy boost 350 v2 zebra

  • Itamar Serpa Fernandes said on August 22nd, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Hey there are using WordPress for your blog platform?
    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and set up my own. Do you
    require any coding knowledge to make your own blog?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  • buy instagram followers guru said on August 23rd, 2017 at 3:38 am

    I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own weblog
    and was curious what all is needed to get setup? I’m assuming
    having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?

    I’m not very internet smart so I’m not 100% certain.
    Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.


  • phen375 said on August 23rd, 2017 at 5:28 am

    It’s remarkable for me to have a web site, which
    is good designed for my knowledge. thanks admin

  • cara mengatasi bayi tidak mau makan said on August 23rd, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Wow that was odd. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment
    didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say great blog!

Add Your Comments

Copyright © 1999-2014 Nursing Jobs, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Call 888.613.8844 (M-F, 7-5 Pacific)

Send a message