RESOURCES for Helping Your Baby Sleep Safely



The following are some additional resources for parents and child care professionals.



Dr. Rachel Moon of George Washington University has advised parents to steer clear of commercial sleep websites, such as those from retailers selling infant products. She and her colleagues found 185 relevant websites from companies or interest groups; 54 of them (29 percent) gave incorrect information.

Here are some useful safe sleep resources:

information for health care practitioners

box Another study by Dr. Rachel Y. Moon, of Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. shows evidence of poor compliance with AAP recommendations on sleep positioning by both health personnel (the primary birth hospitals were surprisingly among the last, rather than first, to implement the AAP recommendations) and parents.

Two years after the AAP recommendations were issued, only 60 percent of all the parents surveyed reported receiving instructions consistent with AAP recommendations. Among the inner-city, low-income parents, only 48 percent reported receiving AAP instructions, whereas nearly three-quarters of the private practice patients had been appropriately instructed. The following is information and resources for pediatricians, childcare workers and parents:

Stomach sleeping is tied to sleep-related deaths, perhaps because prone infants tend to sleep more deeply, which can make them less likely to wake up if their airway gets blocked or if they stop breathing, Colvin said. And the risk of SIDS is up to 19 times higher for babies when they are used to sleeping on their backs, but wind up on their stomachs for some reason, the researchers wrote in the paper. Co-sleeping is another common risk factor. In two-thirds of 8,207 cases reviewed in the study, infants were sharing a bed, sofa or other surface with an adult at the time of death, but a larger proportion of younger infants (ages 0 to 3 months) were bed-sharing compared with older infants, 74% vs. 59%. Many babies are also found with pillows, stuffed animals, blankets and bumpers in their sleeping area. About 70 percent of the babies who died were three months old or younger, the researchers found. Sleep-related deaths are also more common in very young infants, with the risk falling off sharply by the time babies are 6 months old, Colvin said. About 75 percent of the babies who were younger than 3 months old when they died were sharing a bed with another person at the time, compared with about 60 percent of infants 4 months old and older. Bed Sharing Remains Greatest Risk Factor for Sleep Related Infant Deaths