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The Baby Sleep Test


Over the past decade, health experts have learned new ways for parents to provide the safest sleep environments for their babies. Take this true/false quiz to see how much you know about safe sleep for your baby.
1. A healthy lifestyle during pregnancy will help prevent an abnormality that could put an infant at risk while sleeping.
True/False
True. Good prenatal care including proper nutrition, abstinence from alcohol, drugs and smoking, and frequent medical checkups will help prevent a premature birth which is a risk factor for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) the unexplained, sudden death of an infant under age one. Most cases of SIDS occur when a baby is sleeping. Infant’s sleep environment has been linked with increasing the risk for SIDS.
2. Experts recommend that babies should be placed on their stomachs for sleeping.
True/False
False. Babies should sleep on their backs as opposed to their stomachs or their sides. The back sleep position is the best for babies from newborns to one year.
3. Babies are at risk for choking when sleeping on their backs.
True/False
False. Babies are not at risk for choking when sleeping on their backs, as they automatically swallow or cough up fluids.
4. Covering babies faces from the cold or sun is a cause for concern.
True/False
True. Babies’ faces should not be covered during sleep or for protection from the sun’s rays. Bedding should be kept away from babies’ face, so that the nose and mouth are unobstructed and fresh air is always available.
5. Firm mattresses are the best bedding for babies.
True/False
True. Babies should sleep on a firm mattress or other firm surface. Babies should not sleep on waterbeds, sofas, sheepskin, fluffy blankets or comforters, a pillow, or other soft materials. Babies should not use pillows under their heads.
6. Bed-sharing by babies with a sibling or parent is a safe way for babies to sleep.
True/False
False. Bed-sharing is not advised by experts. Putting babies to sleep in a bed with other children or on a sofa with another person has been found to increase risk for SIDS. Keeping babies in their own secure crib or bassinet provides the greatest safety for infants.
7. Smoking is not advised during pregnancy and smoking around infants is harmful to their health.
True/False
True. Mothers who smoke during pregnancy may put their newborns at risk for SIDS. Parents should create a smoke-free environment for their babies, as exposure to passive smoke from smoking by parents or others in the household doubles a baby’s risk of SIDS. Experts say components of smoke may interfere with infants’ developing lungs and nervous system, and possibly disrupt infants’ ability to wake from sleep.
8. Babies should be kept very warm at all times.
True/False
False. Do not keep a baby too warm as overheating an infant may create a risk for SIDS. Keep the temperature in a baby’s room at a level that feels comfortable to an adult.
Conclusion:
Remember, your efforts to create a healthy and safe environment for your baby can help reduce the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): Here are some safety tips:
• See an obstetrician for good prenatal care.
• Place babies to sleep on their backs
• Place babies on a firm mattress.
• Remove all fluffy and loose bedding, including pillows and toys.
• Do not overdress or keep babies too warm.
• Do not expose babies to smoke.
• Breast-feed babies when possible as this provides needed antibodies to an infant.
• Take babies for regular well-baby checkups and routine immunizations.
Be sure to consult your pediatrician for more information.
Source: DeKalb Medical Center, Atlanta, GA


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