Ahhh to Sleep Like a Baby!

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sleeping-like-a-baby3Did you start the New Year out saying, “we need to get more rest this year?” We want 2014 to be filled with sweet dreams for you and your family, not nightmares! Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is defined as: the death of an infant, less than 1 year of age that occurs suddenly and unexpectedly (CDC 2012).  This is a problem that is becoming increasingly prevalent in the United States.  The cause of SIDS is unknown; however, there are many ways parents can promote safe sleep for their babies.

There is nothing like HGTV’ing your baby’s nursery, but parents should remember…LESS IS MORE!

A major concern that parents face is what to put or not put in their baby’s crib.  The answer is: practically NOTHING!  Children should never be placed in a crib with an abundance of stuffed animals, blankets and/or pillows.  As cute, soft and breathable as the products may appear to be, they have been proven extremely harmful to children under the age of one.

Let’s Talk Bumper Pads:

Bumper pads sure do look nice, but have not been proven to reduce head injuries, in fact they can lead to suffocation, strangulation or entrapment.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, infants lack the proper motor skills and strength to turn their heads in the event of a dangerous situation; not to mention they are too young to determine what danger really is. Even mesh bumper pads are not recommended.  Mesh crib liners are made from a breathable, and sometimes hypoallergenic fabric that promotes airflow.  Think of mesh material (extremely thin and no padding anyway), how can that even reduce the bumps, bruises and knocks you’re worried about? Why spend unnecessary money to increase your child’s chances of danger?

Previous Safe Sleep/Suffocation Blog Articles:

http://www.lexleeskids.org/category/sids

A Few Extras to make your Baby’s Room Safer:

Mount and secure furniture that could crush your child: http://www.neworleansmomsblog.com/2013/09/11/child-safety-preventing-tv-tip-over-tragedies/

Is your little one sleeping safely? What steps have you taken to ensure your child has a safe sleep? Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for our kid’s safety. For more information about Safe Sleep, SIDS and suffocation, please visit www.nichd.nih.gov/SIDS, post here or call Lexlee’s Kids 225.372.3991.

Co-written by: Tori Wilson, 2013 Fall SLU Intern

 

Have you Heard about Pacimals?

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Should you give your child a pacifier?  Although the answer to that question is often debated, the American Academy of Pediatrics gives pacifiers the green light.  Offering your infant a clean, dry pacifier when placing him or her down to sleep and keeping toys and stuffed animals out of your baby’s sleeping area are two tips listed in preventing SIDS.  

Pacifiers have never looked like this before! Pacimals have changed the face of the traditional pacifier by attaching  an adorable stuffed animal that babies love.  To name a few, there are:  bunnies, bears, cows, ducks, frogs, pigs, monkeys and so many more fun farm friends!  These unique, award-winning pacifiers are advertised to provide a safe way to keep your baby’s pacifier close that will quickly end the frustration and tears of lost pacifiers – for both parents and babies. The site promotes that Pacimals are great for positioning your baby’s pacifier in a rear-facing car seat, reducing the hazard of reaching behind the driver’s seat to retrieve a dropped pacifier.  (Drivers remember to keep both eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel at all times).  They are also said to help boost early development by helping infants with coordination and motor skills. The Pacimal paci is made with medical grade silicone made in the USA, and its’ round naturally shaped nipple is recommended by lactation specialists.  If your baby loves his or her noonie and stuffed animals, then it’s a safe bet that they’ll love Pacimals!  But…do you want to allow your child to sleep with a stuffed animal on their face? 

We spoke with Monica Williams, Owner/Founder of Pacimals and she was prepared to answer safety related questions when it came to her product!  When asking about Pacimals, in relation to SIDS, we were informed that Pacimals are two position pacifiers, meaning the paci can be rotated to move the stuffed animal further away from the baby’s nose, and that until the child is old enough to turn over on their own; parents may want to remove the stuffed animal when putting the child down for a nap or bed time.

Ryan (1.5 Months Old)

Ryan is a 1.5 month old who came by to visit Lexlee’s Kids to have his car seat inspected (Congrats to Mom for having no mistakes on Ryan’s car seat install..we don’t see that too often!!!).  Ryan became a little fussy and to our surprise, Mom whipped out Brody, Ryan’s Pacimal.  We watched

Crystal Pichon and Baby Ryan

Ryan closely as he happily sucked his paci and held on to Brody’s arm.  The Pacimal’s head seemed to sit below the baby’s nose and not to be restricting his breathing in any way, but to be safe you may only want to allow your baby to suck a Pacimal when you are watching over them or remove the animal attachment during sleep time. Your child’s size may play a large role in the way the Pacimal paci lies on the face when in your child’s mouth.  Make sure the stuffed animal attachment is not near your child’s nose, causing breathing restictions.  Remember to replace pacifiers often, and watch for signs of deterioration.  A worn or cracked nipple can tear off and pose a choking hazard.  Also use caution with pacifier clips and never use a string or strap long enough to get caught around your baby or toddler’s neck.

Have you heard about Pacimals?  Do you have one?  What are your thoughts?  For more information about Pacimals, please visit www.pacimals.com.  Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kid’s safety. If you have any questions or comments feel free to post them here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225-761-7272 or www.lexleeskids.com.

Baby Ryan and Brody (Ryan's Pacimal)

Safe Sleep

SIDS Baby

October is SIDS Awareness Month. SIDS stands for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The term describes the sudden, unexplained death of an infant 1 month-1year of age. Louisiana is double the national average of SIDS deaths!

Placing babies on their backs to sleep reduces the risk for SIDS, also known as “crib death.” American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force recommends parents and caregivers make changes to promote a safe sleep environment and reduce the risk for SIDS.

Everyone who cares for babies should know the Safe Sleep Top 10! The cause of SIDS is still unknown but through research, these tips are easy ways to lower your baby’s risk of SIDS and promote a Safe Sleep!

1. Babies sleep safest on their backs!
2. Babies are safest alone on a firm sleep surface, such as on a safety approved crib mattress, covered by a fitted sheet. – Never place a baby on an adult bed, pillows, quilts, water beds, air mattress or other soft surfaces.
3. Keep soft objects, toys and loose bedding out of the baby’s sleep area.
4. Do not allow smoking around your baby.
5. Keep your baby’s sleep area close to, but separate from, where you and others sleep.
6. Think about using a clean, dry pacifier when placing your infant to sleep.
7. Do not let your baby overheat during sleep. Dress your baby in light sleep clothing at a comfortable temperature for an adult.
8. Avoid products that claim to reduce the risk of SIDS. Most have not been tested for safety!
9. Do not use home monitors to reduce the risk of SIDS.  Follow the Top 10!
10. Allow “tummy time” when your baby is awake and supervised to help them develop strong neck and shoulder muscles!

Did you know that bumper pads are not recommended in your child’s sleeping area?  Is your little one sleeping safely? What steps have you taken to ensure your child has a safe sleep?

Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for our kid’s safety. For more information about SIDS, please visit www.nichd.nih.gov/SIDS, www.lexleeskids.com or call 225.761.7272.