The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released new guidelines designed to help reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other types of sleep-related infant deaths, which are also known as sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUIDs). SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants between 1 month and 1 year of age, with 90 percent of SIDS cases occurring before an infant is 6 months old.
The new report suggests that:
- Infants should sleep in the same room as their parents, but in separate beds, for at least the first six months of their lives.
- Infants should never sleep on a soft surface, such as an armchair or couch.
- Infants should be placed on their backs to sleep on a firm surface with a tight-fitting sheet.
- Parents should avoid putting an infant in a crib with pillows, loose sheets, blankets or other soft surfaces.
For more information, visit the AAP’s website.