Health Team

Hospitals raise awareness about SIDS

Posted October 5, 2009 5:30 p.m. EDT
Updated October 5, 2009 6:53 p.m. EDT

— Rex Hospital is one of 29 across the state involved in a campaign to reduce sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS. They're passing out about 6,000 onesies with the phrase “On the stomach to play, on the back to sleep.”

Rex nurses give new parents tips to prevent SIDS, like keeping the crib free of stuffed toys, pillows and bumper pads.

Rex nurse Robin Deal recommends laying the baby down at the foot of the bed so he can't scoot under the blanket.

“Using a pacifier seems to be another recommendation. Now with breast feeding babies, they encourage that be delayed until one month of age,” Deal said.

Breastfeeding itself reduces the risk of SIDS.

Other tips:

  • Keep the home temperature between 68 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Keep the baby in a smoke-free environment.
  • Use a firm mattress and tight fitting sheet.
  • Dress the baby in layers to avoid overheating and don't swaddle the baby.

North Carolina Health Start Foundation is organizing the month-long campaign to reduce the risk of SIDS. For more information, parents can call the N.C. Family Resource Line at 800-FOR-BABY (367-2229).