In “Rise Of The Tigger Mom: A Hovering Parent Goes Free-Range,” Una Lamarche talks about trying to be not quite so protective of her little one; she does a series of comical tests to see how well she is at being a laid-back parent, and discusses free-range parenting. The parent side in us all can surely relate to her story.
Archive for October 2012
SIDS continues to be the number one killer of children between the ages of one month and one year of age. Strides are being made everyday in the fight to prevent, and discover just what causes the condition. Until then, the best we can do is try to raise awareness, and take steps to prevent it from happening.
- It is estimated that over 2,300 babies in America alone die from SIDS every year. In “10 Tips For Safe Sleep,” some tips are given for keeping your infant safe.
- In “Safe Sleep For Your Baby,” statistics for suffocation and infants were given, along with some safety tips to keep it from happening.
- In “Safe Sleep For Infants in Childcare Programs: Reducing The Risk Of SIDS And SUID,” we read about California revamping their guidelines to protect their children.
- In “SIDS: Reducing Your Baby’s Risk,” we took a look at what is thought to cause SIDS, and what can be done to prevent it.
- October is the month that we most try to raise awareness for SIDS. Read more about it in “October Is SIDS, Pregnancy And Infant Loss Awareness Month.”
- Finally, we had a discussion about what SIDS is, and what are thought to be the contributing factors for infants succumbing to it.
SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the death of a child under one year of age, that is not from any known medical cause. The death cannot be explained, and leaves families devastated, and not sure how to carry on. SIDS is the leading cause of death among babies from one month to one year of age, and often occurs between two months and four months of age.
While awareness is being increased every day in the fight against SIDS we still have a very long way to go. The exact cause of SIDS is still unknown, but experts think that it’s most likely when an infant has an underlying cause such as a weak heart or being born premature.
Babies whose mothers smoke, or babies who are around smoke, seem more likely to contract SIDS as well. It is also thought that babies born to mothers under 20 years of age are at higher risk, as well as having a lot of brothers and sisters. The more children you have, the more the chances of SIDS rise.
Certain ethnic backgrounds seem to be more susceptible to SIDS, and boys contract it more often than girls. The key to stamping SIDS out is to increase awareness, and do everything humanly possible to get the word out. That is the only way we will eventually stop this terrible condition from destroying more families.
October is the month that we remember our smallest SIDS victims, and try to increase the awareness, so that eventually these tragedies can be stopped. The goal of everyone is to have all of our babies reach their first birthdays, and go on to lead healthy and productive lives. You can read more about SIDS awareness month in, “October Is SIDS Pregnancy And Infant Loss Awareness Month.”
It is estimated that around 2,300 infants die from SIDS in the United States every year. That is an overwhelming number of children who are dying from a condition that we still don’t fully understand. There are many different factors that are thought to increase the risk of SIDS, and guidelines have been put in place to try and prevent it. For tips on how to put your infant at the least risk, read “Reducing Your Baby’s Risk Of SIDS.” for more information.
SIDS has dropped tremendously since the implementation of the sleep safe program. However, the rate of SIDS and SUID deaths are higher in childcare programs, prompting California to update guidelines on proper sleeping methods for an infant. You can read the guidelines in, “Safe Sleep For Infants In Child Care Programs: Reducing The Risk Of SIDS And SUID.”
Statistics show that that the risk of suffocation to a baby is 40% higher if the infant is put to sleep in an adult bed. It has also been reported that over 78% of infant related deaths due to suffocation happened because the baby was not in a safe sleeping environment. You can read more about the statistics, and the right way to put your infant to bed in, “Safe Sleep For Your Baby.”
The best way to go about preventing SIDS from happening to your infant is to be well-informed. SIDS is a disease that can strike any child under one, at any time. The best way to prevent this from happening to your family is to follow the guidelines for safe sleep that have been implemented. You can find these tips in “Ten Tips For Safe Sleep.”
SIDS has long been a concern for new parents. The unexpected disease kills many infants yearly under the age of one. Great strides are being made in the effort to reduce the number of SIDS cases, and parent awareness has been raised in past years.
- Many hospitals across the nation work together to inform new parents of the very real danger of SIDS. You can read more about these efforts in, “Hospital Honors SIDS Awareness Month By Distributing Onesies.”
- “In Memory Of Mason,” is a heartbreaking story of a 5-month old that died of SIDS. His mother is coping by starting a non-profit organization to help families and to raise awareness.
- Recent studies show that bumper pads in cribs may be a cause of suffocation among infants. Doctors urge you to remove them from your cribs in, “Get Bumpers Out Of Cribs, Doctor Groups Urge.”
- The annual “Safe Sleep Sabbath,” is coming up on Oct. 14, to try and increase awareness for pregnant women of the very real danger of SIDS.
- “Choosing A Safe Crib,” is important not only because of the ever present danger of SIDS, but also because safety guidelines have changed on cribs in recent years, to avoid lead in paint and, other safety concerns.
- Finally, we took a hard look at “How To Prevent SIDS From Striking.” SIDS awareness has increased greatly over the last few years, but we have to be vigilant in order to stamp out this dreaded condition.
SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, is the unexplained and unexpected death of a child under the age of one. This horrible sickness strikes without warning, leaving families devastated, and barely able to pick up the pieces. There are guidelines in place that are recommended by the American Academy Of Pediatrics that parents need to follow in order to minimize the risk to their infants.
The number one recommendation to new parents is to always put their babies to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of suffocation.
Avoid putting lose items such as pillows, blankets, or stuffed animals in the crib with your baby. A baby should be put to sleep in a crib with a tight sheet, and just dressed warmly, not covered with a sheet or blanket.
Overheating is thought to be a cause of SIDS, so don’t overdress your infant. The recommendation is to dress them in one layer of clothing more than you would an adult.
Keep your infant in a smoke-free environment, that includes not smoking when you are expecting.
Breastfeeding is thought to help prevent SIDS, so if it is possible you should consider breastfeeding your baby.
Recent studies suggest that bumper pads do more harm than good in cribs, and doctors are suggesting that they be removed from cribs, another way of preventing SIDS, in the never-ending fight to prevent it from even happening.