Infants under 1-year-old should share a room - but not a bed - with their parents, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). These recommendations are aimed at preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related deaths in very young children. This comes in the wake of recent research that indicates having infants sleep in the same room as their parents, but in a separate crib or bassinette, can reduce the risk of SIDS by as much as 50%.
These expanded AAP recommendations for creating a safe sleep environment and protecting infants from sleep-related deaths include:
Placing the baby on his or her back for every sleep by every caregiver until the child reaches 1 year of age.
Putting the baby to sleep on a firm sleep surface (such as a crib or bassinette) covered by a fitted sheet, with no other bedding or soft objects. This means no like crib bumpers, blankets, pillows or soft toys.
Having the baby sleep in the parents’ room, close to the parents’ bed, but on a separate surface designed for infants, ideally for the first year of life, but at least for the first 6 months.
Avoiding smoke exposure, alcohol and illicit drug use during pregnancy and after birth.
Exclusive breastfeeding, unless contraindicated, for at least the first 6 months of baby’s life.
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Public Health Services (PHS) works to protect the public's health and promote a healthy future for all residents. The just released Annual Report for 2015 provides a snapshot of the work and services provided this past year. It reviews selected data and program information, highlights some successes and challenges, and mentions a few of the main issues to address during 2016.