Hospital Sleep Sack Initiative
The Oklahoma State Department of Health, through the Preparing for a Lifetime Initiative, has agreed to supply hospitals with sleep sacks to provide to families of newborns at discharge. Sleep sacks are a safe alternative to loose blankets. The intent of the initiative is for hospitals to give a sleep sack to families to take home. In addition to the sleep sack, hospital staff are asked to provide the families with education regarding safe infant sleep and to model those recommendations during the hospital stay. Hospitals interested in the initiative must meet the following criteria:
- Have an approved hospital policy related to infant safe sleep (click here for a sample policy from First Candle)
- Train nursing staff in the AAP Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment, and
- Provide education to families of infants on those AAP recommendations (materials can be found here)
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death in babies after one month of age to one year of age. One of the easiest ways to lower the risk of SIDS is to place babies on their backs to sleep, for naps and at night. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests the following to reduce the risk of SIDS or sleep-related death*:
- Back to sleep for every sleep
- Use a firm sleep surface
- Breastfeeding is recommended
- Room-sharing with the infant on a separate sleep surface is recommended
- Keep soft objects and loose bedding away from the infants sleep area
- Consider offering a pacifier at nap time and bedtime
- Avoid smoke exposure during pregnancy and after birth
- Avoid alcohol and illicit drug use during pregnancy and after birth
- Avoid overheating
- Pregnant women should seek and obtain regular prenatal care
- Infants should be immunized in accordance with AAP and CDC recommendations
- Do not use home cardiorespiratory monitors as a strategy to reduce risk of SIDS
- Health care providers, staff in newborn nurseries and NICUs, and child care providers should endorse and model the SIDS risk-reduction recommendations from birth.
- Media and manufacturers should follow safe sleep guidelines in their massaging and advertising
- Continue the “Safe to Sleep” campaign, focusing on ways to reduce the risk of all sleep-related infant deaths, including SIDS, suffocation, and other unintentional deaths. Pediatricians and other primary care providers should actively participate in this campaign.
Train-the-Trainer Infant Safe Sleep Environments – Who should attend? Any childcare, health care or direct service providers that educate families on safe sleep. Training is at OCCHD, 2600 NW 63rd St, OKC, OK 73111 from 8:00 am – 12:00. Training is free of charge to participants but you must register. Call 405-419-4179 to register.
Safe Sleep Videos (YouTube Playlist)