I would urge colleagues when they see infants in the first few months of life to always discuss safe sleep which is the number one cause of mortality in infants. A simple message can be added to standard ‘Smartphrases’ for every infant seen with reflux, colic and formula intolerance.
A terrific website that focuses on this crucial issue: Charlieskids.org; it has videos, do’s and don’ts as well as a link to Cribs for Kids (discounted safe crib website). In addition,this website has a book called “Sleep Baby Safe and Snug” which incorporates updated recommendations on safe sleep practices.
Here are some screenshots from CHOA’s twitter feed on this topic.
Related blog posts:
- The High Toll of Sudden Infant Death From 2013-2015, there was an average of 3523 US infants each year who died from SUID (sudden unexpected infant death), peaking at 1-2 months of life. More black infants died of SUID in the first year than black children who died from firearm homicides in all of childhood through age 19 years. SUID deaths from 2013-2015 (10,568) was similar to the total number of motor vehicle-traffic deaths in all of childhood (10,714) and greater than the total number of any of the other causes.
- Are We Making Progress on Infant Sleep-Related Deaths? (not anymore)
- Safe Sleep (AAP 2017)
- Preventing Sudden Infant Death -Latest Guidelines Children should sleep in the same room but on a separate surface from their parents for at least the first six months of their lives, and ideally the first year. They say that this can halve the risk of SIDS…You can read the AAP’s full guidance here.