Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is one of the leading causes of death among babies between 1 month and 1 year. The way a baby sleeps can increase the risk of SIDS.
My sister told me a scary and depressing story a few months ago. She was in a hospital in Abuja when a woman ran in crying and screaming while carrying her lifeless two-month-old baby in her arms.
There was katakata everywhere as the doctors tried their best to resuscitate the baby, but all efforts proved abortive. The baby was pronounced dead. This baby was not sick. She was placed to sleep on her tummy and she died in her sleep.
Pediatricians have advised that parents can reduce the risk of SIDS and suffocation by following the ABCs of SAFE SLEEP.
A is for ALONE: Babies are to sleep alone, without sharing a bed with others. Also, there shouldn’t be loose bedding, blankets, bumpers, or toys in their sleep area. These increase the risk of suffocation and entrapment.
B is for BACK: Babies should be placed to sleep on their backs. Placing babies to sleep on the tummy increases the probability of re-breathing their exhaled breath, leading to carbon-dioxide build-up and low oxygen levels. This causes upper airway obstruction, thereby interfering with body heat dissipation, leading to overheating.
C is for CRIB: Babies should always sleep in a crib, cot, or bassinet that meets current safety standards. It must be firm. It must be flat. It must be
It is safest to have your baby in the same room as you, for easy access, monitoring and bonding. However, It is not safe to share a bed with your baby.