How to avoid cot death or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome ?

Comment éviter la Mort Subite du Nourrisson ?

What parent hasn't listened to their sleeping baby's breathing to make sure he's all right? Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a major concern for all parents during their child's first months of life. Here are ten essential tips to prevent this risk and ensure your baby's safety.

  1. Put baby to sleep on his back
    To reduce the risk of SIDS, it's crucial to put your baby to sleep on his back. This position limits the risk of suffocation and promotes safe sleep.
  2. A firm mattress
    Choose a firm mattress adapted to the size of the crib. This minimizes the risk of suffocation. Avoid pillows and comforters in the crib.
  3. A suitable sleeping environment
    Make sure your baby's sleeping area is free of clutter. No stuffed animals, blankets or toys in the crib. Choose breathable bumper pads and avoid conventional bumper pads, which are banned in some American states due to the risk of suffocation.
  4. Don't over-cover your baby
    To prevent SIDS, don't over-cover your baby. Infants have difficulty regulating their body temperature, and overheating is a major risk factor.
  5. A room heated to between 18 and 20°C
    Keep your baby's room at an ideal temperature of between 18 and 20°C. Overheating the room can increase the risk of SIDS.
  6. Sleep in the same room as baby, in a separate bed
    Cododo, where baby's crib is placed next to the parents' bed, is recommended for the first six months. This makes it easier to keep an eye on baby and respond quickly to his or her needs.
  7. Favoring breastfeeding
    Breastfeeding has many advantages, including reducing the risk of SIDS. Breast milk strengthens your baby's immune system and provides optimal nutrition.
  8. Wearing a pacifier
    Giving your baby a pacifier when he or she sleeps can help reduce the risk of SIDS. According to a 2006 study in the journal Pediatrics, using a pacifier while sleeping could prevent one in 2,733 cases of SIDS.
  9. Opt for a baby breathing monitoring system
    Use breathing monitoring devices, such as respiratory movement monitors, for extra vigilance and peace of mind.
  10. Avoid passive smoking
    Passive smoking is one of the main risk factors for SIDS. During pregnancy and after birth, avoid cigarette smoke and make sure no one smokes near your baby, even if the windows are open. Encourage those around you not to smoke in the presence of your child.

By following these ten tips, you'll help create a safer sleeping environment for your baby and reduce the risk of cot death.

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