RQOTD - 7/20 (SIDS related)

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RQOTD - 7/20 (SIDS related)

"If you wanted to get the message out about SIDS and the correct sleeping pateern. What would be most effective towards moms?"

A good friend of mine asked me this on FB today. So I wonder if and what information you got when you were pregnant or when your LO was born about SIDS. Any ideas on what you consider a good effective way to communicate this?

(I'm guessing she asked b/c she's in grad school for epidemiology.)

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I got no info while pregnant or when he was born other than a big book on raising babies that has a section in the front about it. Pretty useless since most aren't going to read it (including me - I just flipped through it!).

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I remember hearing the term "back to sleep" a few years ago. I've seen it on posters and on tv and such. It's just a term that sticks and is sort of clever, so I always remembered it.

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ya, both my mom and mil told me to put him on his back which i was going to do anyways. that was the only thing mentioned by people, but i did read that co sleeping could contribute to it?? not sure about that one.

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I recently heard that SIDS rates are the highest on New Year's Day. Not sure why, but I'm assuming it's alcohol related...

Anyways, I remember reading/hearing a lot about SIDS and the theoretical causes of it, but the biggest one was the "back to sleep" thing, for sure.

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I don't remember ever being told anything specifically about SIDS, but who's really listening when they get ready to leave the hospital and the nurse is going over momma and baby discharge info. I'm sure I "got" some of it, but I know I missed a lot of it. The first time I was still messed up pretty bad from my birth, the 2nd time I just wanted out of the hospital and the 3rd I was on too big of a high from the birth to even sit still while she was talking Smile

I have read a few things here and there just because I was looking for that info specifically.

I think the back to sleep message was a great idea and a nice catch phrase for the movement. Something about keeping blankets and pillows out of the crib would be really helpful too though. A catch phrase to go with it would be even better.

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Just to keep them on their backs or sides to sleep. Its also a good suggestion to never cosleep if either one parent has been drinking.. I never put Natalie or any of my babes onf their tummy until they had great head control.

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I don't know that I was ever really told about SIDS prevention by anyone other than my pedi at her 2 day appt. All he said was put her on her back to sleep. I'd read plenty about it on my own though. We talked a bit about it at my birth classes and later at my baby group. I once asked the doula who oversees my baby group about when to start letting baby have a blanket in their crib and she replied, "never." Uh, I'm pretty sure she'll want one at SOME point.

I think the best way to communicate it is in a group setting. It can then become a discussion point and moms can hear the questions and topics brought up by other moms. We all hear "back to sleep" but its important for moms to know that there are other safeguarding steps you can take such as eliminating blankets and toys in the crib, keeping baby from getting too hot, using breathable bumpers, not smoking, breastfeeding, and safe co-sleeping (no heavy blankets and NO drinking). At the hospital or pediatrician is not the place. New moms are far to busy worrying about a million other things.

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I also have always heard back to sleep.
I think that stressing putting things in/near(like on the wall or on the changing table part of a combo crib) the crib is a bad idea.

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I have always been aware of it because Sids and kids (http://www.sidsandkids.org/) has a fundraiser every year here called Red nose day. They also have a good website. In our red book (child health book) it has some info on sids and back to sleep tummy to play info. THe child health nurses both at appointments and home visits in the first week or so also mention and discuss it.

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Someone came by our room before i got discharged. Same things as previously mentioned. Back to sleep.. dont leave child un attended on tummy until full neck control. No blankets ..oversized stuff animals in crib. He was actually very cool about it but not being preachy. Just giving info and best practices. Also that the risk is higher with smokers and to practice safe co sleeping. And a pamphlet was given.

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We put our babies on their backs, in cribs, with no fans, and in clothes that fit the temperature...no pillows, toys, or blankets.

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"HorseMomma" wrote:

We put our babies on their backs, in cribs, with no fans, and in clothes that fit the temperature...no pillows, toys, or blankets.

I could've sworn I heard you were supposed to use fans to protect against SIDS.

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i never heard about fans. why are they bad??

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When I was in the hospital, we had to attend a class before discharge where they went over newborn care and showed a video on "back to sleep". I probably read it somewhere as well since I read so much stuff.

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"janijanis" wrote:

i never heard about fans. why are they bad??

http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/news/20081006/sleeping-with-fan-may-lower-sids-risk

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interesting...we have always had fans on both in our room and his room.

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Yeah, I thought fans were a good thing! We turned up the heat last winter so we could have the fan on! lol.

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I don't remember anyone really saying much about it when either of the boys were born.
There was a big thing about it when my sister was born though, 21 years ago, and all the little shirts the hospital provided had "back to sleep is best" printed on the front of them and then the hospital logo. We still have one in a random box of baby stuff. I'll bet they gave info to the moms in the hospital as well.

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It's something they really try and drum into you in the UK:

-sleep in their own bed, on their back, foot to toe (feet at the foot of the cot)
-in parents room for the first 6 months
-don't smoke in the same room as a sleeping baby
-IF your going to share a bed with your baby DO NOT DRINK
-no crib bumpers (but I don't know anyone who hasn't)
-no duvets/loose blankets for 6 months. Sleeping bags are recommended but you are taught at antenatal how to swaddle
-sleep with a dummy
-no toys in the crib until 6 months
-temperature should be no higher than 18oC in the room (but that always feel quite cold to me)

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When I read this, my initial reaction was, who doesn't know all about this? Is there a need to get the message out? Isn't it out there? However, I am big into reading baby books and online information, and my health care provider provided a ton of information on SIDS, so perhaps I take that for granted.

I think health care providers should be discussing this with pregnant moms. I suppose a media campaign would be helpful. It at least gets people thinking about it and then they may do more research.

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I do remember reading/hearing about the fans. And the usual that has already been mentioned, back to sleep, no pillows, animals, etc. Another thing that I heard about is to not let them get too hot while sleeping.

A media campaign may be a good thing. Agreeing with PP, maybe get the info out there besides when you are with the ped for a checkup, because you are thinking about a ton of other stuff while there, especially when you are being discharged from the hospital. It would be good to get the info out at other times.