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We love our little angels so dearly, we are loving them even more than our hearts can give. And there are different kinds of accidents and diseases that are just lingering around the corner that might cause harm to our children. We are aware of them and we’d like to prevent these bad things from happening.

Currently, there are thousands of babies die each year in the US during sleep. Why? Because of unsafe environment. One of cause of deaths is SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. And there is good news for us parents that this syndrome can be prevented. So how can we reduce the risk?

Always put your baby to sleep on his back, during naps and at night.
If the baby falls asleep in the car seat, stroller or the likes, move him to a firm sleep surface.

When swaddling and the baby falls asleep, make sure that he is positioned sleeping on his back.
In buying a crib, bassinet, portable crib, or play yard, make sure that they meet the current safety standards. Do not put your baby on a broken crib.
Make sure that the mattress is tight and fitted. This will avoid loose bedding and prevent entrapment and suffocation.

Keep soft objects, pillows, stuffed toy, quilts, or bumper pads out of the crib.
Share your room with your baby. It is best that your baby sleeps inside your room where it is arm’s reach. Room-sharing decreases the risk of SIDS by as much as 50%.

Avoid sharing your bed to your baby during your night or during your sleep time. There is a high risk of SIDS, suffocation, or strangulation since parents can roll onto babies during sleep.
Breastfeeding helps reduce SIDS according to studies.
Always schedule a visit to your pediatrician to make sure that baby is healthy.
Stay away from smoke.

Always check temperature of your baby. Do not let them get too hot. An extra layer is enough to dress your baby.

Do not use pacifiers that are attached to clothing. Once the pacifier falls out of the mouth during sleep, you don’t have to put it back in.

There are other ways to prevent Sudden Death Infant Syndrome. Let us all equip ourselves with knowledge and data. This is our swords and shields. And if had a second thought how safe a place, position, or product be, do not buy, go, or be on that position.

Reference: Healthychildren.org
https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/sleep/Pages/Preventing-SIDS.aspx

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