A child crib and sleeping safety
During the first three years of a child`s life, a crib with a firm mattress is the safest place for sleep. Babies can suffocate in adult beds, chairs, and couches. Heavy bedding material, comforters, quilts, and pillows can also pose a serious risk. When purchasing a crib, make sure it meets safety standards. The side slats should be closer than 6 cm ( 2.4 inches ) apart, so the baby`s head ca not get trapped between them. Be careful if you will be using a second-hand crib, because many models made before 1986 do not meet current safety standards. Do not place the crib near window blinds or drapery cords, as they may pose a strangulation hazard. Never leave a toy or bottle in the crib with the baby unless there is someone in the room to keep an eye on the baby. Infants spend a great deal of time in their cribs. Because their neck muscles are weak, they tend to turn their head to one side and stay there. Their skulls are very soft and the bones are easily affected by pressure. Infants who always sleep with a particular side of their head in contact with the mattress may develop a flattening of the skull on that side. To help prevent this problem, turn your baby`s head regularly from side to side. When baby can sit up, the mattress should be placed at its lowest level to make sure your child can not accidentally topple out. Curious children over 90 cm ( 36 inches ) may be able to climb out and hurt themselves, so when your kids reach that height, move them to a youth sized bed.
Most child care experts caution against allowing children younger than two to sleep in an adult bed to prevent the following problems:
– Getting wedged between the mattress and another object
– Trapping their heads in bed railings
– Suffocating ( especially on water beds )
– Being smothered by a patent, sibling, or other adult sharing the bed
Although it may seem like fun to cuddle with your infant on your bed, the results could be tragic. Placing your baby`s crib next to your bed may be the best way to maximize all the benefits and minimize all the dangers associated with bed sharing.
Sudden infant death syndrome ( SIDS ) is among the greatest fears of parents with newborns. Though little is known about the cause of this condition, the number of Sudden infant death syndrome cases has declined as public awareness increased. Sudden infant death syndrome is the term used when an infant stops breathing and dies while asleep. Sleeping positions influence a baby`s risk of Sudden infant death syndrome.
To reduce your child`s risk of Sudden infant death syndrome:
– Do not smoke near the baby. Infants of smokers are at an increased risk of developing more colds and upper respiratory illnesses, as well as Sudden infant death syndrome
– Keep toys, blankets, pillows, and other soft objects away from an infant`s face during sleep
– Do not put soft materials, like stuffed toys, pillows or comforters in the crib with the baby
– Have the baby wear a sleeper to bed to eliminate the need for heavy blankets in the crib
– Don`t put the baby to sleep on a soft surface such as a couch, waterbed, pillow, or other surfaces that can conform to the child`s face
– Tuck in blankets and sheets firmly at the baby`s feet, and only cover your infant with blankets up to the chest
– Place babies on their backs to sleep unless your doctor instructs otherwise for medical reasons. Keep the phrase “Back to Sleep” in mind
– If your baby seems sick, take the infant to the doctor promptly
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