Is Your Baby Sleeping Safely?
We all want our babies to take their first steps toward a bright future. Helping them sleep safely is a big step we can take to make that happen. Babies die while they are sleeping every week here in Louisiana. Sometimes, it’s from accidental suffocation. Sometimes there isn’t an explanation, as in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) cases. The good news is, you CAN reduce the risk of suffocation, and you CAN reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Doctors and nurses recommend a SAFE SLEEP CHECKLIST, and Louisiana families are putting it into action. Do your best to follow these guidelines – that way you know you will be doing all you can to keep your baby healthy and safe.
BEFORE baby is born: prepare his safe sleeping place, don’t smoke, and make sure to keep up with your prenatal visits.
AFTER baby is born, take your baby for well-baby checkups, keep up with recommended immunizations, and give your baby “tummy time” when the baby is awake and you are watching. You may also want to use a pacifier at naptime and bedtime after you’ve gotten the hang of breastfeeding.