The AAP (American Academy of Paediatrics) produced this graphic to represent the overlap of circumstances which lead to the biggest risk of cot death/SIDS.
A Vulnerable infant is one with a dysfunctional and or immature cardiorespiratory or arousal system. They don’t have the same level of protective response to their airway being obstructed or compromised.
An outside stressor is something like stomach sleeping, too many blankets or lose blankets, or the airway being obstructed by a pillow or duvet or another adult. Further outside stressors can be a parent who smokes around their baby or while pregnant, or who drinks alcohol or who does illegal drugs while bed sharing.
The critical development period is from birth to 6 months.
When these 3 things all occur at the same time an infant is at the highest risk of SIDS.
SAFE SLEEP PRACTISES
- Sleep your baby on their back.
- Sleep them in their own space
- Room share for the first 6 months
- No lose blankets or duvets
- Don’t over heat your baby
- Breastfeed if possible
- Don’t smoke around your baby
- If you bed share please speak with your well child provider about how you can do this safely.
The picture featured on this website is artist and does in no way represent safe sleep, he is wearing a hat and snoozing naked on a fluffy rug. All art – this does not align with any safe sleep practises which we encourage.
We understand you too will probably view this picture as artist. Please speak to your well child provider for more safe sleep tips and information
We look forward to joining you all in celebrating safe sleep day again this year!
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