Cold Weather Doesn't Mean Your Baby Needs Overly Hot Blankets And Clothing Which Can Result In An Increase In SIDS Risks.

October, not November is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month. That said, just because October is over, doesn't mean...
October, not November is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month. That said, just because October is over, doesn't mean you can slack on SIDS prevention. In fact, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) just released a major safety alert about SIDS. According to NIH, the alert is necessary because incidences of SIDS will start to increase as the weather gets colder. Already more infants are at a higher risk for SIDS during the cold months. Often because extra blankets, and overly warm clothes may lead to dangerous overheating and in turn lead to a SIDS related death. [caption id="attachment_10231" align="aligncenter" width="391" caption="Infants should be placed on their backs to sleep, with feet at the foot of the crib, in light sleep clothing and at a room temperature that is comfortable for adults. If a blanket must be used, the infant should be placed with feet at the foot of the crib; tuck ends of the blanket under the crib mattress and cover the baby no higher than chest level; keep the blanket away from the infant’s face; use only light sleep clothing."][/caption] During the winter months you can take extra steps to reduce the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by doing the following: Avoid overheating an infant during nap or sleep time. Yes it's chilly, and it makes sense to try to keep your baby warm, however, studies have shown that multiple layers or heavy clothing, heavy blankets, and warm room temperatures increase SIDS risks, according to the NIH. "Parents and caregivers should dress infants in light clothing for sleep and keep rooms at a temperature comfortable for adults," said Alan E. Guttmacher, M.D., director of the NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Infants are more sensitive to extremes in temperature than adults and cannot regulate their body temperatures well. So, when you dress your baby in too heavy of clothing, he may easily become overheated. A baby who is in danger of overheating will feel hot to the touch. As always you should place your baby on his back to sleep and keep toys and other loose objects out of the crib. Additionally, never smoke around an infant. Image via The National Institutes of Health.

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