Pediatric: Safety tips for sleeping babies
Babies spend a lot of time sleeping, so it is important to provide a safe sleep environment for them. Any parent is anxious to make their baby as comfortable during sleep as possible. However, some common steps for a cozy bed may increase the chance of serious problems.
Certain items in and around the crib can be a suffocation hazard to infants. These items may be harmless to older children but infants have smaller airways and less head control. This means they may not be able to reposition themselves if their access to air is blocked, even by something as simple as a blanket. Fortunately, there are a few easy steps to make your baby's sleep environment much safer without disturbing your baby's sleep.
All parents and caregivers should be aware of the possible hazards associated with sleeping.
Dangers of Infants Sleeping in Adult Beds
- Getting trapped between the mattress and another object.
- Getting trapped between the mattress and the wall.
- Getting baby's head trapped in headboard or footboard rails.
- Suffocation from soft items like clothing, blankets, pillows, and thick bedding.
Infants Less than One Year of Age:
Problems have been caused by all of the above as well as the following:
- Sleeping on the stomach, a position that has been associated with sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
- Soft bedding, such as pillows, quilts, comforters, and sheepskins
- Sleep positioners. They are unnecessary and pose a danger.
Last reviewedNovember 2012by Brian Randall, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.