Working 4 You: Sleep changes to reduce risk of SIDS

Working 4 You: Sleep changes to reduce risk of SIDS

SPOKANE, Wash. - Every year, thousands of families deal with the unimaginable grief that comes with losing a child to Sudden Infant Death syndrome. While many SIDS cases have no explanation, experts continue to find new ways to prevent as many cases as possible.

The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends babies sleep in the same room as the parents or a caregiver for at least six months of life. Ideally, says the AAP, the baby sleeps in the same room as caregivers for the first full year of life. That simple can decrease the risk of SIDS by 50 percent.

Researchers say the change allows babies to be more closely supervised. Parents can easily react if blankets move over the child's face or the baby has any other obstruction that could impede breathing. Simply by being closer, you'll be more likely to check on the child and you can reduce the risk.

Sleeping in the same room should not be confused with co-sleeping, which is actually considered risk factor for SIDS. Parents should not share a bed with a baby, especially if the child is younger than four months old or was born prematurely.

For more information on how to reduce the risk of SIDS, click here for the Parents Guide to Safe Sleep.