Infants should stay in room with parents, separate beds for one year to avoid SIDS


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Infants may be in their parents room a little longer than expected at the recommendation of a popular medical organization.  Some parents are already doing this, but now the American Academy of Pediatrics released information that states keeping your child in your room longer is safer.   Room sharing decreases the risk of SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome by 50 percent.

Although Charlotte is just three days old Tuesday, she’s child number four for Pamela Webb-Joyner and the new mom told NewsChannel 6 her baby is definitely sleeping in her room.

“It’s easier to get up at night and we only have to go a couple of steps or even if the bassinet’s next to the bed just sit up rather than go to another room,” Joyner said.

This new mommy is adhering to the new guidelines that help parents avoid SIDS. The American Academy of Pediatrics announced infants should be in the same room, in a separate bed, until age one, six months at the earliest.

Dr. Carol Thompson,Department of Pediatrics Chair said six months is the earliest to put your child in a room alone.

“The incidence of SIDS decreases by the time the baby is six months old,” she explained.

Dr. Thompson said having your baby nearby helps you hear breathing patterns better, something that if interfered with can cause SIDS.

“Suffocation or it could involve trauma,” she said.

Joyner added the new guidelines also help keep little ones safe from their siblings.

“We have a 5-year-old at home.  I think when you have other children in the home you run the risk of them getting out of their bed and going to maybe check on baby sister or brother,” she said.

SIDS, which kills around 3,500 babies a year could also be linked to what Dr. Thompson said is a parent not following their ABCs.

She pointed out, “A- the baby should sleep alone. B- The baby should sleep on its back and C- the baby should have an uncluttered crib.”

And parents who want to get by with using an electronic device in a separate room during those first months should not.  Dr. Thompson said it creates a false sense of security. Joyner agreed.

“Sometimes you think it’s such a small risk,” she explained.  “It’s more likely to happen to somebody else’s child.  It is not likely that is going to happen, but why would you not want your child as safe as you can make them.”

Joyner also said parents need to watch out when purchasing bedding for cribs.

“Bedding sets in the past have come with bumpers, the crib bumpers.  They’re really cute and very pretty but when I was picking out bedding for the baby’s crib I decided not to get the bumper because it is a hazard now.  Kids are getting caught and their faces are smothered.”

Another added protection against SIDS is breastfeeding.  AAP reports after the feeding you can put the baby back in its bed, in your room

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