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Sleep Safe Champion for Infants

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Family Health, named Woman’s Hospital a “Safe Sleep Champion” for its efforts to help reduce the rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is the broad medical term for sudden, unexplained deaths of infants before age one. Approximately 80 babies die each year in Louisiana from SIDS.

Woman’s Safe Sleep efforts included implementing new policies that address infant positioning, safe bedding and the dangers of bed sharing. The hospital has also incorporated the most recent Safe Sleep information in patient education materials, educates the public at community events and encourages Safe Sleep education among staff.

While the cause of SIDS is unknown, The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following to reduce a baby’s risk:

  • Place your baby on his or her back.
  • Do not share the bed with your baby.
  • Do not allow your baby to sleep on pillows, cushions, sofas and adult beds; these are unsafe sleep surfaces for an infant.
  • Use a crib with a firm mattress that meets Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines.
  • Do not use excess bedding, comforters, pillows or other items in your baby’s bed, including bumper pads, toys or stuffed animals.
  • Do not use wedges or positioners.
  • Dress your baby in light clothing.
  • Keep the bedroom temperature comfortable for a lightly clothed adult.


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