I’ve been reading a bunch of articles lately that have to do with infants dying in their sleep. It’s an awful thing to read, I know. One of the main reasons why is because they were not put safely down in their own beds. I’ve also read articles that state Pediatricians are not doing a great job of expressing how important it is to have babies lie down on their backs to sleep which is really a shame. Education is the key to reducing the number of accidental deaths during sleep.
I’m putting this article together to help bring this issue to light and make parents aware of the importance of giving babies a safe place to sleep. It is not meant to scare you, just to inform you.
In an ABC News report, it states that 3 infant deaths in Harrisburg, PA were due to babies sleeping on nursing pillows. It explains that the Boppy Pillow company (the most well known nursing pillow company) has several warnings on their website along with a warning tag attached to the pillow itself explaining that babies should not be left to fall asleep on it. Please… read safety labels. This one is very important.
Infant Co Sleeping
Another news report, 10 News WTSP reports that 17 children died in 2014 in Hillsborough County, FL due to unsafe sleeping. 4 of those were due to the baby co-sleeping with their parents.
KENS5 News reports that according to Texas statistics, 69 babies from Jan – March of 2015 died from co-sleeping. In 2014 the total number was 197 and in 2013 the total number of children who passed away because of this was 169! Those deaths may have been prevented if the parents truly understood the risks they were taking.
Pillows and Blankets in the Crib
The Clarion-Ledger reports that between June 29, 2015 and July 23, 2015, 7 children in Mississippi died from suffocation while sleeping in an unsafe environment. Co-sleeping was mentioned as well as cribs having too many pillows and blankets.
These stores are hard to read, but this is a real problem happening all across the US. The saddest part is that most of them were preventable. My heart breaks when I think about the loss of a child along with the impact that it has on the family and friends. I know what it’s like to be sleep deprived and trying desperately to get a baby to sleep, but please also think about what’s best for them.
I have a separate article dedicated to Keeping Your Baby Cozy and Safe. You can also link from there to safe room-sharing options. If you have an infant, please take the time to read these posts. I thank you in advance.