Local pediatrician talks updated safe sleep guidance for babies

In the United States, over 3,500 babies die every year of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Sleeping with your newborn baby, under any circumstances, is not safe.

This has always been the guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Now it is stressing new information for parents.

The updated guidelines say babies should sleep in the same room with their parents for at least six months on a separate firm, flat surface.

“We know this is the safest way for Baby to sleep because we reduce the risk of rolling over or rolling to Baby’s side, or sliding down the mattress, if it is a flat and non-inclined surface,” said Dr. Phil Boucher, pediatrician at Frontier Pediatric Care.

Boucher said there are a lot of un-safe sleep habits that parents develop either because they are exhausted or because somebody is telling them how to do something.

“I think the reason they updated these guidelines after about six years from the last time they were updated is just to give more evidence of what we know about safe sleep, and also there has been a lot of sleep baby products that have been pulled off the market because of infant deaths,” Boucher said.

Boucher talks to a lot of new parents about safe sleep before the baby is born, and then reinforcing those habits weeks and months after the baby is born.

He encourages the “Flat, Boring and Alone” plan:

Flat – Baby is flat on a service, and not inclined

Boring – Nothing should be by Baby

Alone – No bed-sharing with Baby

If you can’t afford an approved crib or bassinet beside your bed, there are alternatives.

“Something like a small box, or your dresser drawer that has a thin mattress on it, that can be an acceptable way for baby to sleep,” Boucher said.

In the United States, over 3,500 babies die every year of SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Boucher says sticking with the newly updated sleep guidance will help prevent this from happening.

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