Infant Safe Sleep Cribs For Kids Sids Prevention
Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Syndrome (SUID) is the leading cause of death in infants between the ages of one month and one year. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), a type of SUID, is commonly referred to as “crib death” because often times the infant dies in his or her crib.
Research showed that unsafe sleep locations and the position in which the baby sleeps are both factors that can lead to SIDS. The American Academy of Pediatrics has set forth guidelines to help ensure a safe sleep environment. The most important of those recommending that infants sleep alone of their backs in a safety-approved crib with fitted sheets, and no blankets or toys. The Cribs for Kids program was started in 1998 to prevent infant deaths by educating parents and caregivers on the importance of practicing safe sleep for infants.
When a 2010 showed that in Massachusetts 45% of the infant deaths from age one to eleven months resulted from SUID, Boston Medical Center wanted to help decrease that number and adopted the Cribs for Kids program. In addition to educating patients and caregivers, the program also allows BMC to provide portable cribs to families who cannot afford to purchase one themselves. Through funding from the Boston Bruins Foundation, we provide those in financial need with a pack n’ play crib.
Through written and verbal communication, BMC works to provide patients with the necessary materials to educate them on safe-sleep recommendations. Boston Medical Center believes that by making parents and caregivers aware of the precautions, they can work together to prevent infant death in cribs.
With more than 500 partners around the United States, Cribs for Kids is working to decrease the rate of babies dying due to accidental or sleep related deaths. Along with Cribs for Kids, BMC is dedicating to ensuring our families have a safe place for their infants to sleep.
If you are looking to get further education on safe sleep recommendations or are in need of a safe place for your infant to sleep, please contact Lisa Allee at [email protected].