Losing a child is every parent’s biggest fear, whether that child is a newborn or a fully grown adult. Infant deaths may be the most heartbreaking, especially if there’s no clear-cut event or condition that gave a warning that something adverse might be going on.
SIDS Awareness Month
That’s why Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, Awareness Month is so important for providers, parents and caregivers. This is the time to dig into all the ways that children can be cared for in order to prevent SIDS, which is defined as the unexpected death of a child under one year old, without an obvious cause of death before investigation.
About 3,600 infants died of SIDS or other sleep-related deaths in 2017, according to the Center for Disease Control, and it’s the leading cause of death for infants between one month and one year of age. Here are some additional statistics about SIDS, which call into relief why awareness and prevention are so vital:
To combat SIDS, the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics developed the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP®). It teaches an evidence-based approach to newborn care and facilitates effective team-based care for healthcare professionals who care for newborns at the time of delivery.
SIDS Prevention Requires Wraparound Effort
The NRP is targeted toward healthcare workers, but there’s plenty that parents can do as well. In fact, they are the child’s first line of defense. Here are a few tips from the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
More than anything, take the opportunity Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month provides to educate yourself, and your patients, about how to avoid anything crib- and environment related that could imperil a child’s life. Sometimes baby steps are all that’s needed.
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