|Safe Sleep Center|
Each year in the United States there are approximately 3,500 Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID). These deaths occur among infants less than 1 year old and have no immediately obvious cause. Although the causes of death in many of these infants cannot be explained, statistics show that as many as 80-90 percent are the result of unsafe sleep practices.
The majority of Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths are categorized as one of the following.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
The sudden death of an infant less than 1 year of age that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted, including an examination of the death scene, a complete autopsy, and a review of the infant’s clinical history. SIDS is the leading cause of death in infants 1 to 12 months old.
Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed (ASSB)
This classification includes infant deaths caused by asphyxiation and suffocation in a sleeping environment. Mechanisms that lead to ASSB include:
Unknown CauseThe sudden death of an infant less than 1 year of age that cannot be explained because a thorough investigation was not conducted and cause of death could not be determined.
Extensive research has shown that parents and infant caregivers can reduce the risk of SIDS, accidental suffocation and accidents during sleep by following lifesaving recommendations. As retailers you can promote Safe Sleep by utilizing the following free resources to educate your consumers online and in store.
Safe Sleep Resources
Naptime to Nighttime
Click here to download the Naptime to Nighttime Brochure.
This long established and often updated fact sheet provides Infant Bedding and Crib Safety Tips.
Create a display offering free copies of the Naptime to Nighttime brochure. Keep these at a heavily used register, such as the customer service counter. Or, have an employee greet customers and distribute brochures at the front of your store. Please make customers aware a Spanish version is also available. In addition feel free to include the downloadable brochure on your website.
Traditional Bumper Pads
When used properly, traditional bumper pads can help prevent limb entrapments and head injuries.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the greatest risk is to an infant sleeping in the prone position or in a crowded sleep environment that includes pillows, cushions and adult bedding: Unsafe Sleep Hazards Associated with the Infant Sleep Environment and Unsafe Practices by Caregivers: A CPSC Staff Perspective.
A recent study on bumpers indicated no significant risk factors for infant death from using bumpers: Crib Bumpers and the Infant Sleep Environment: An Evaluation of the Scientific Evidence. This study found that a more thorough analysis of the injuries that occur to infant children within the crib demonstrates that crib bumpers could serve to mitigate the injury potential (e.g., lacerations, fractures) across a variety of the common accident modes (e.g., contact with railings, extremities caught between railings).
Download this quick and easy guide, Bumper Basics to help educate parents on the safe use of bumper pads. Hang one in your employee break room to ensure staff can assist in educating parents while shopping or place a copy in your employee orientation manual.
Three feet away is where baby monitors should stay! Help spread this important safety message to parents.
A baby monitor is a valuable tool that allows you to see and hear your child. However, infants and toddlers have strangled in baby monitor cords.
To prevent strangulation, follow the guidelines in the video below to help create a safe and sound zone for your baby.
Visit babymonitorsafety.org for more information.
A safe sleep environment for children under the age of one does not include items that present a suffocation hazard to the baby, such as pillows, blankets, comforters, toys, stuffed animals, or other pillow-like products.
In-store, website and packaging crib displays should follow ASTM standards.
In-store, website and packaging crib displays marketed for use by children less than one year of age should not include items that present a suffocation or choking hazard to the infant, such as pillows, blankets, comforters, toys, stuffed animals or other pillow-like products. Avoid excessive clutter in crib display.
Crib displays should include warning signs that inform consumers that safe sleep environments for children under the age of one should not include items that present a suffocation hazard to the baby.
Employees and retailers should be aware of these standards in order to inform consumers about these standards.
Do you have questions about these resources? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 856.642.4416.
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