Citing multiple deaths, study calls for banning crib bumpers


For nearly eight years, a Washington University School of Medicine physician has been trying to alert parents, consumers and regulators to the danger of infant suffocation and injury from crib bumpers.

That alarm first came after his 2007 study attributing 27 deaths to crib bumpers from 1985 through 2005.

Yet, despite repeated statements from the American Academy of Pediatrics advising against their use, the demand for crib bumpers remains high, as does the overall public perception they are safe.

Indeed, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association continues to maintain in its formal platform that the organization does “not know of any infant deaths directly attributed to crib bumpers.”

Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch

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Safe Sleep Practices and SIDS/Suffocation Risk Reduction

In an effort to make select subject areas more accessible to intended users for training and/or advocacy purposes, the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education NRC is developing smaller documents on specific subject areas from the larger Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd Edition, 2011 CFOC3.Safe Sleep Practices and SIDS/Suffocation Risk ReductionThis resource is a compilation of 27 nationally recognized health and safety standards  on safe sleep and reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome SIDS/suffocation in child care and early education settings from Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd Edition, 2011 CFOC3.

Source: National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education

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What Works: Changing Knowledge and Behavior to Reduce Sudden Unexpected Infant Death, SUID/SIDS Resource Center

Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) is related to factors within infants that may be undetected (such as cardiac and brain abnormalities), factors in infants’ environments (such as soft bedding and cigarette smoke), and behavior of those caring for infants (such as placing an infant prone to sleep).

In November 2011 the American Academy of Pediatrics updated its recommendations on a safe infant sleep environment in its policy statement, SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Expansion of Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment. These recommendations address environmental and human behavior factors that can reduce the risk of sleep-related deaths in infants. The policy statement lists the recommendations, and the technical report describes evidence of the effectiveness of each recommendation. To learn more about the topic of each recommendation, see Resources to Support the AAP Policy Statement.

Once what works is known, this knowledge must be passed on to those who can make a difference, from the infant’s family and caregivers to health professionals, community groups, manufacturers, the media, and legislators and policymakers. And, to save infants’ lives, we must act on the knowledge.

Many interventions can increase knowledge about factors that may contribute to sleep-related death in infants and improve the application of this knowledge to reduce the impact of these factors. Evaluations of these interventions in the published literature look at increases in target audiences’ knowledge and at changes in behavior. Some evaluations look at the association between the intervention and subsequent rates of SUID. This page links to websites and sample evaluation articles.

Source: National SUID/SIDS Resource Center

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First Candle

First Candle is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to safe pregnancies and the survival of babies through the first years of life. Our current priority is to eliminate Stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID) with programs of research, education and advocacy.

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Rethinking SIDS: Many Deaths No Longer A Mystery : NPR


The thought of a baby dying suddenly and unexpectedly is one that keeps parents awake at night, fearing the worst. For years, little was known about sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. Babies would die in their sleep, and it was presumed that little could be done to prevent those deaths.

Today in the U.S., more than 2,000 babies die of SIDS every year, according to government figures.

Source: NPR

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