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Safe Sleep for Infants

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Safe Sleep in Hospital

We want to make sure that the children we care for are safe during their stay at CHEO. Our nurses will make sure that your child has everything needed for a safe sleep.

To prevent your child from falling out of the crib:

  • Keep the crib rails up at all times.
  • You may lower the side rail closest to you if you are caring for your child. Stand right beside the crib and keep a hand on your child if the side rail is down.

To reduce the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS):

  • Place your baby on his back to sleep
  • Keep soft mattresses, pillows, comforters, bumper pads, and stuffed toys OUT of your baby’s crib
  • Please do not share a bed or a crib with your child while she is in hospital

Safe sleep tips to take home

What can I do to lower the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) for my baby?

  • Place your baby on his back, on a firm mattress, for sleep.
  • Keep your baby’s head uncovered for sleep, and use only a fitted sheet. Do not cover your baby with a blanket, use a one-piece sleeper instead. Overheating is linked to SIDS.
  • Place your baby in a crib in your room for the first 6 months – do not share a bed with your baby.
  • Keep soft mattresses, pillows, comforters, bumper pads and stuffed toys OUT of your baby’s crib.
  • Never place a baby on a waterbed, air mattress, couch or armchair to sleep.
  • Keep your home smoke free. Ask smokers to smoke outside.

What can I do to prevent other injuries(like fallsor choking)?

  • Use a crib that was made after 1986. Cribs without a label or those made before 1986 are not safe.
  • Make sure the mattress is firm (no more than 15cm or 6" thick) and fits snugly on all sides of the crib (no more than a 3 cm or 13/16" gap on any side when the mattress is pushed into one corner). Replace the mattress if it does not fit or is worn out.
  • Check the crib often to make sure the frame is solid. Tighten loose screws regularly.
  • Raise and lock siderails every time you put your baby in the crib.
  • Adjust the mattress into the lowest position as soon as your baby is able to sit up.
  • Do not leave strings or cords in the crib (like necklaces, soothers on a cord around the neck). Do not tie your baby into the crib.
  • Find a safe place for the crib. Keep the crib away from windows, curtains, blind cords, lamps, electrical plugs, extension cords or anything that your baby could reach or pull into the crib. A baby can fall out of a window or strangle themselves with a cord.
  • Never put your baby to bed with a bottle.

Want more info?

Contact your health care provider or CHEO’s Trauma Coordinator at: 613-737-7600, extension 2475

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