When our babies sleep, it is a time when we have to get them separated from ourselves. Most of the parents have to sneak in quietly into the nursery to check up on their bundle of joy whether they are sleeping soundly or not. A cot death or SIDS is the worst fear of any parent that results in a baby dying during sleep.
Every year researches worth millions and millions of rupees are spent on SIDS research and still there have been no substantial clues as to what actually causes death during sleep. Having said that, we are cognizant of the risk factors that might exacerbate the risk of cot death. Co-sleeping, particularly on a soft surface, such as a couch or if a parent is addicted to drugs or alcohol, greatly enhance the risk of death. A baby sleeping on his tummy is another factor that can contribute to cot death. Smoking during pregnancy and unhindered exposure to cigarette is also another factor that may lead to cot death.
There are a few tips that you need to ensure the safety of your little one while he is sleeping.
- Your baby’s crib should be void of any blankets, loose piece of bedding or soft objects such as pillows, quilts, comforters or sheepskins.
- The baby should always be placed on his back or on his side. When placing a baby on his side, a wedge should be placed alongside to prevent him rolling down onto his tummy.
- It is suggested that you keep the baby in a separate but enclosed sleeping environment. According to the research, the probability of cot death or SIDS is greatly mitigated when a baby is made to sleep separately in a cot or crib in the same room as the parents to ensure convenient breastfeeding and contact.
- The temperature of the room should be kept at an optimum level that is suitable for a lightly clad adult. 21 degrees is an ideal temperature for your bundle of joy.
- According to some experts, babies who suck dummies have a reduced risk of succumbing to cot death.