Baby safety during sleep is essential to prevent fatal conditions - sudden infant death syndrome or choking. There are some simple measures to be followed when preparing the baby's crib for sleep, but also regarding its position. Here's what to do and what not to make sure your baby is safe while he sleeps!
The constant supervision of the baby is the most important measure to prevent unpleasant accidents or dangers that feed the baby during sleep.
It is not necessary to always keep an eye on it, but it is advisable to take a look at your little boy's bed from time to time, maybe even go and check if he is breathing or not. These are the first essential measures you should consider as a parent.
What to do and what not for baby's safety during sleep?
Have the baby always sleep on his back. Even if the position on the tummy does not increase the risk of sudden death syndrome, it was found that the one on the back reduces this danger by up to 50%. In addition, sleeping on the belly, in mattresses or soft pillows, increases the risk of suffocation.
There have been debates and controversies about the fact that sleeping on the back would favor drowning with the baby's own vomit or saliva. Specialists claim that it is a myth, and parents in the community confirm this, in a special topic open on the topic "Baby sleep safety".
One parent - "I also read that the chances of the baby drowning with saliva or his own vomit are very small. The chances are that he will suffocate with the crib or other toys or cribs."
Doloro - "That is, it does not drown with saliva if I sleep on my back. Oliver only sleeps and I had no problems. I understood that in Romania many doctors recommend that babies sleep on their belly - so, I think, they do not breathe very much good."
The baby cot plays another important role in ensuring the protection of the baby during sleep. The mattress should be of adequate size for the bed surface, because, if smaller, there is a risk of suffocation. Also for the same reason, it must be strong enough, too.
Abrasives can increase the risk of choking if not used properly. The sheet should be perfectly stretched and caught under the mattress, to avoid the risk of splashing and to get wrapped around the baby's head.
The baby does not need a pillow, as it risks drowning in it. Only two years old can be introduced. Not even then, if the baby sleeps well without it.
Do not put the baby in pajamas with long laces or cords, which could pose a risk of strangulation.
Use a small, special baby crib, or sleeping bag if needed, to reduce the risk of suffocation.
If the baby is sleeping in bed with you, there are other rules to consider, in order not to endanger his health at night.
Try to sleep only you and the baby in bed, not the partner, because you increase the chances of suffocating him by involuntarily letting one of you body over him during sleep.
When you allow the baby to sleep during the day, in an adult bed, you do not usually put pillows on the barriers, to prevent the baby from falling out of bed. During the rollover during sleep, the child may face one of them and may suffocate. It is advisable to always put him to sleep in his crib, which protects him from such dangers.
Always ventilate the room before putting the baby to sleep in it. It seems that a well-ventilated room contributes to a significant reduction in the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
And the use of pacifier or pacifier during sleep seems to reduce the incidence of this syndrome by up to 90% among newborns and babies.
What safety measures did you take for your baby during sleep? Share your experience, as well as suggestions on how to sleep as calm and healthy as possible in the comments section below!
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