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Illinois Law Requires Hospitals to Educate New Parents on the #1 Cause of Infant Deaths – SIDS

December 31, 2010

Effective January 1, 2011 all hospitals in Illinois will be required to provide free educational materials to parents or guardians of newborns regarding SIDS and Safe Sleep. The materials will include information to help parents understand SIDS and lower their child’s risk for it. Hospital staff will be required to review the materials with new parents and discuss ways to reduce the likelihood of SIDS prior to their discharge from the hospital. SIDS of Illinois, Inc. has been educating families, caregivers and the professionals who work with them in best practices for Safe Sleep as recommended the American Academy of Pediatrics for over 15 years. Yet many Illinois parents still don’t know the latest information on SIDS risk reduction.

Naperville, IL (PRWEB) December 30, 2010

“Things sure were different when I had my babies!” How many times have you heard that? Sometimes it feels like we just can’t keep up with all the recommendations from the experts! Thanks to the efforts of one bereaved mother, that’s about to get a little easier for new parents in Illinois on January 1, 2011.

It all began with one bereaved mother who wanted to save more babies on behalf of her daughter’s memory. Robin Cullotta, mom to Sophia, believed that education on safe sleep for infants can possibly make the difference between life and death. She also wanted to insure that her children would be given Safe Sleep information when it was time for them to have their own kids.

Three years after Sophia’s death her determination paid off. Robin and her husband, Giovan, enlisted the help of State Representative Emily McAsey (D – Lockport) and State Senator A.J. Wilhelmi (D – Joliet). Many other members of our legislature signed on with their support as well. On July 20, Govenor Pat Quinn signed the bill into law.

Effective January 1, 2011 all hospitals in Illinois will be required to provide free educational materials to parents or guardians of newborns regarding SIDS and Safe Sleep. The materials will include information to help parents understand SIDS and lower their child’s risk for it. Hospital staff will be required to review the materials with new parents and discuss ways to reduce the likelihood of SIDS prior to their discharge from the hospital.

SIDS of Illinois, Inc. has been educating families, caregivers and the professionals who work with them in best practices for Safe Sleep as recommended the American Academy of Pediatrics for over 15 years. Yet many Illinois parents still don’t know the latest information on SIDS risk reduction.

The recommendations are:

  •     Back to Sleep ““ unless directed otherwise by the doctor, infants should be placed for sleep on their backs for every sleep. That includes nap time.
  •     Baby should always sleep in a safe crib, alone. Never allow brother or sister to sleep with baby.
  •     Baby should always sleep on a firm, flat surface with no soft bedding. No pillows, comforters, bumpers pads, quilts, stuffed animals, positioning devices or laundry.
  •     Baby should not be overdressed. Healthy baby should never wear a hat indoors or have his head covered with anything during sleep. A wearable blanket is preferable to a loose blanket in the crib.
  •     Offer a pacifier at sleep time after one month of age.
  •     Breastfeed baby if possible. Breastfeeding is the best food for a healthy baby.
  •     Babies should never be exposed to any type of smoke. It is especially dangerous for the baby if mom smokes when she is pregnant.
  •     Do not use any commercial devices advertised for safe sleep like home infant movement monitors or positioning devices. These have not been tested sufficiently to prove safe or effective.

The best news is that parents can now feel equipped with the information necessary to provide a safe sleep environment for their newborn and with the exception of the crib, it’s all free!

For more information on Safe Sleep for baby, please visit http://www.sidsillinois.org

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