Safe sleep for babies - Hamilton Health Sciences

Safe sleep for babies - Hamilton Health Sciences
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Safe sleep for babies
To make sure your baby sleeps safely,
check that each person that cares for your baby
knows this information.
Safe sleep for babies
The Canadian Pediatric Society and Health Canada recommend that babies
sleep alone in a crib on a firm mattress designed for babies.
To create a safe place for your baby to sleep, you will need:
For more information, visit these websites:
• Public Health Agency of Canada www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/hp-ps/dca-dea/stagesetapes/childhood-enfance_0-2/sids/index-eng.php
• Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/advisories-avis/aw-am/sleepsommeil-eng.php and http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/kids/safe-sleep/
• Canadian Pediatric Society
www.caringforkids.cps.ca/pregnancybabies/safesleepforbaby.htm
In the Hamilton area, you can also call Health Connections at 905-546-3550.
If you live outside the Hamilton area, call your local Public Health Unit.
• A safe crib: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to put the crib
together. Make sure nothing is cracked or broken.
Cribs made before 1986 or those without a Canada Safety Association
label are not safe to use.
− Adult beds, armchairs, waterbeds, couches,
daybeds or any “make-shift” bed are not safe
places for your baby to sleep.
− Car seats are important safety devices for travel.
When you get home, always put your baby
to sleep on his/her back in the crib.
Canada
Safety
Association
Label
• A firm mattress: The mattress should be flat, clean and tight against all
sides of the crib.
• A tightly fitted sheet: Use one sheet that fits snugly over the mattress.
• Nothing else in the crib: Do not use pillows, blankets or other soft
bedding such as bumper pads. Do not put any toys or loose items in your
baby’s crib.
• A comfortable temperature: Babies can get overheated from too many
clothes or if the room is hot. If your baby is sweating or feels hot, take off
a layer of clothing. Recheck your baby to make sure he or she no longer
feels hot.
©
Hamilton Health Sciences, 2008
PD 6305 - 04/2011
dpc/pted/CHBabySafeSleep-lw.doc
dt/April 13, 2011
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Safe sleep for babies
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Sharing your bed or “co-sleeping”:
Always place your baby on his or
her back to sleep.
Putting a baby on his or her back
to sleep is known to reduce the
risk of Sudden Infant Death
Syndrome (SIDS).
The Canadian Pediatric Society and Health Canada recommend that babies
sleep alone in a crib on a firm mattress designed for babies.
Adults, children and pets should not sleep with your baby.
Although sharing your bed with your baby may seem natural, this can be
very dangerous. Babies have been hurt or died by:
• falling off an adult bed
• being trapped between a mattress and headboard, or a mattress and wall
• being smothered
• sharing a bed with an adult who is extremely tired, or impaired by
alcohol or drugs
Where should my baby sleep?
Despite the risks, some parents may still choose to share their bed with
their baby. Some suggestions that may reduce the risk of harm are:
For the first 6 months,
the safest place for
your baby’s crib is in
your bedroom.
If this is not possible,
place the crib in the
next room.
• Do not use a heavy blanket, quilt, duvet or comforter. No pillows should
be near your baby.
• Do not place your baby against a wall. He or she could become trapped
between the wall and the mattress.
• Place your baby far from the edges of the bed. Your baby could fall off
or become trapped between the headboard and the mattress.
• Never share your bed with your baby when you are very tired, have taken
drugs or medication that make you sleep more heavily, or have been
drinking alcohol or smoking.
Sharing your room with your baby or “co-rooming” has been shown to:
• make it easier to breastfeed your baby often
• help you get to know your baby
• reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS
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Safe sleep for babies
Back to sleep
Safe sleep for babies
3
Sharing your bed or “co-sleeping”:
Always place your baby on his or
her back to sleep.
Putting a baby on his or her back
to sleep is known to reduce the
risk of Sudden Infant Death
Syndrome (SIDS).
The Canadian Pediatric Society and Health Canada recommend that babies
sleep alone in a crib on a firm mattress designed for babies.
Adults, children and pets should not sleep with your baby.
Although sharing your bed with your baby may seem natural, this can be
very dangerous. Babies have been hurt or died by:
• falling off an adult bed
• being trapped between a mattress and headboard, or a mattress and wall
• being smothered
• sharing a bed with an adult who is extremely tired, or impaired by
alcohol or drugs
Where should my baby sleep?
Despite the risks, some parents may still choose to share their bed with
their baby. Some suggestions that may reduce the risk of harm are:
For the first 6 months,
the safest place for
your baby’s crib is in
your bedroom.
If this is not possible,
place the crib in the
next room.
• Do not use a heavy blanket, quilt, duvet or comforter. No pillows should
be near your baby.
• Do not place your baby against a wall. He or she could become trapped
between the wall and the mattress.
• Place your baby far from the edges of the bed. Your baby could fall off
or become trapped between the headboard and the mattress.
• Never share your bed with your baby when you are very tired, have taken
drugs or medication that make you sleep more heavily, or have been
drinking alcohol or smoking.
Sharing your room with your baby or “co-rooming” has been shown to:
• make it easier to breastfeed your baby often
• help you get to know your baby
• reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS
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4
Safe sleep for babies
To make sure your baby sleeps safely,
check that each person that cares for your baby
knows this information.
Safe sleep for babies
The Canadian Pediatric Society and Health Canada recommend that babies
sleep alone in a crib on a firm mattress designed for babies.
To create a safe place for your baby to sleep, you will need:
For more information, visit these websites:
• Public Health Agency of Canada www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/hp-ps/dca-dea/stagesetapes/childhood-enfance_0-2/sids/index-eng.php
• Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/advisories-avis/aw-am/sleepsommeil-eng.php and http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/kids/safe-sleep/
• Canadian Pediatric Society
www.caringforkids.cps.ca/pregnancybabies/safesleepforbaby.htm
In the Hamilton area, you can also call Health Connections at 905-546-3550.
If you live outside the Hamilton area, call your local Public Health Unit.
• A safe crib: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to put the crib
together. Make sure nothing is cracked or broken.
Cribs made before 1986 or those without a Canada Safety Association
label are not safe to use.
− Adult beds, armchairs, waterbeds, couches,
daybeds or any “make-shift” bed are not safe
places for your baby to sleep.
− Car seats are important safety devices for travel.
When you get home, always put your baby
to sleep on his/her back in the crib.
Canada
Safety
Association
Label
• A firm mattress: The mattress should be flat, clean and tight against all
sides of the crib.
• A tightly fitted sheet: Use one sheet that fits snugly over the mattress.
• Nothing else in the crib: Do not use pillows, blankets or other soft
bedding such as bumper pads. Do not put any toys or loose items in your
baby’s crib.
• A comfortable temperature: Babies can get overheated from too many
clothes or if the room is hot. If your baby is sweating or feels hot, take off
a layer of clothing. Recheck your baby to make sure he or she no longer
feels hot.
©
Hamilton Health Sciences, 2008
PD 6305 - 04/2011
dpc/pted/CHBabySafeSleep-lw.doc
dt/April 13, 2011
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