West Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) July 19, 2012
New parents want peace of mind as they experience a full range of emotions when they bring home their new baby – from excitement to anxiety. Most new parents experience a learning curve as they scramble to choose everything from the right crib or feeding method to baby carriers and baby monitors. One of the biggest concerns for new parents from the time of birth until their child is one year old is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development define SIDS as the sudden death of an infant less than one year of age which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation. SIDS is a diagnosis of exclusion, assigned only once all known and possible causes of death have been ruled out. Studies show the greatest risk for SIDS is during the first 12 months of life with the peak incidence for SIDS being between 2 to 4 months of age. Risk factors include male gender, prematurity, genetic differences and a child’s prenatal exposure to cigarettes and/or alcohol. Additional risk factors include tummy or side sleep position, bed sharing with parent, over bundling, soft bedding or a child’s face being covered.
However, there are many things new parents can do once a baby has arrived to reduce their infant’s risk for SIDS. Always lay a baby to sleep facing up – placing an infant on their side and tummy to sleep is not safe. Never smoke while pregnant and never smoke or let others smoke around a baby, as smoking is a major risk factor for SIDS. Do not leave soft objects, such as all those plush toys and blankets or crib bumpers received as gifts from relatives to celebrate the joyous new arrival, in the crib. Sharing the bed to sleep with a new baby is not recommended, an infant should be placed in its own crib, preferably in the same room as their parents.
Don’t let a baby overheat. If an infant has damp hair, a heat rash or looks sweaty – they are too hot. Light wearable sleepers and room fans can help keep baby cooler. Be sure to lay baby to sleep in a quality, approved crib on a firm mattress. Do not let an infant sleep on soft surfaces such a couch or sofa, pillow or waterbed. If possible, breast feed baby as it has been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS. Offer a baby a pacifier when they are put down to sleep, but if breastfeeding, it is recommended to wait until the baby is about one month old before offering a pacifier. Consider investing in a baby monitor system that combines movement-detection capabilities with both video and audio functions. Baby monitors which provide all three functions in one mobile system can be used at home or when traveling.
While all of these tips work together when correctly implemented by new parents to lower a baby’s risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, the importance of avoiding multiple and simultaneous risks cannot be over-emphasized. For more information on Snuza Mobile Baby Monitors visit http://www.snuza.info or Like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SnuzaUSA
Ria Romano, Partner
RPR Public Relations, Inc.