Baby Safety at Home
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Creating a safe environment for your baby can help reduce the risk of Sudden
Infact Death Syndrome (SIDS), suffocation, and other sleep-related causes
of infant death. Important facts to know:
- SIDS is the leading cause of infant death between 1 month and 1 year of age.
- More than 90 percent of all SIDS deaths occur before babies reach 6 months of age.
- Risk of SIDS is 3 times higher in babies born with low birth weight.
- Accidental suffocation is the leading cause of infant injury deaths.
- Almost every other month an Orange County baby dies while sleeping in an
adult bed or sharing a bed with another person.
- Teach your family and anyone who takes care of your baby to always follow
the same safe sleep practices.
- Follow your health care provider's guidance on your baby’s vaccines
and regular checkups.
- Breastfeeding reduces the risk of SIDS.
- Sleeping in the same room, but in separate beds is the safest. Keep the
baby on his back when sleeping.
- Keep the room temperature comfortable for an adult.
- Dress your baby in light sleep clothes without blankets in the crib. Use
a firm mattress in the crib without any pillows.
- During wake time spend time to observe your baby on his stomach.
Purple Crying - Caring for a Fussy Baby
Fussiness is part of normal development for every baby. From 2 weeks to
4 months of age babies will have long episodes of inconsolable crying
that does not relate to any pain. Nothing seems to help calm a fussy baby
even though parents try soothing methods with little relief.
The interventions used to help parents and the baby through this period
is to understand that this is a
period, which has a beginning and an end.
The acronym PURPLE is used to describe specific characteristics of an infant
crying phase. Parents need to involve the baby’s pediatrician to
verify there are no other health issues present.
P = Peak of crying. Your baby may cry more each week, the most at 2 months
of age, and then less at 3-5 months of age.
U = Unexpected. Crying can come and go and you don't know why.
R = Resists soothing. Your baby may stop crying no matter what you try.
P = Pain-like face. A crying baby may look like they are in pain, even when
they are not.
L = Long lasting. Crying can last as much as 5 hours a day or more.
E = Evening. Your baby may cry more n the late afternoon and evening.
Substances and Your Baby - Know Your Facts
Beer or a glass of wine
There is no evidence to support drinking alcohol while breastfeeding. Alcohol
is passed through the breastmilk. It is proven that one glass of alcohol
can delay infant motor development and change sleep patterns. The American
Academy of pediatrics (AAP) policy statement on breastfeeding states that
alcohol intake should be minimized while nursing. The safe volume of alcohol
has not been determined; however, the AAP has established guidelines that
aim to minimize the amount of alcohol passed to the baby. More information
can be found on the AAP website, AAP.org
A note on smoking
Smoking/vaping is strongly discouraged because of sudden Infant death syndrome
(SIDS). Children exposed to smoke are more likely to experience respiratory
illnesses, ear infections, asthma, sinus infections and eye irritation.
Do not smoke in the presence of children. Always wash your hands and change
your shirt after you smoke before handling your baby. Seek assistance
with your licensed provider on ways to quit smoking.