For as long as we can remember we are always told to never sleep with your baby that you could suffocate them by rolling over on them or what not. In a study by Davies, he found that prior to the 1700's co-sleeping was a normal thing around the world. It was not until the 1800's when the western society moved away from co-sleeping to an independent sleeping arrangement claiming the child will be too attached and have security problems; you will never get the child to sleep in their own bed; the child will not learn independence; or, the child could suffocate in various ways. Well, I agree
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Almost all the articles that have been searched were very negative based. On whattoexpect.com there is an article on the pros of co-sleeping. In this article is states ’For the record, the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) position is that babies should sleep close to their parents but not in the same bed. The fear is that a parent could inadvertently trap a baby in bed covers or in the space between the bed and the wall. And some studies suggest co-sleeping puts babies at higher risk for SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), especially when parents drink too much, smoke, or fail to make sure the bed is safe.' which is a pro within a con, meaning even though it is unsafe to have an infant sleeping in the bed with you. You can still have the infant close by in a crib. which may be able to help the parents sleep better knowing they are still close to their baby. Further research was found from an article, “The quandary for parents: Should baby sleep with us? Scientists at war: [National Edition] “stating that a study by Dr. James McKenna mothers that co-sleep with their infants are less likely to have infants who could possibly die from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) because the child, though still sleeping, is in a light sleep and still being stimulated by the mother’s movements, smells and other sounds. Infants who sleep on their own are more likely, according to this study, to fall into a deep sleep and could possibly become victim to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). (Sadler,
There should be nothing else inside the crib except the infant. This includes no extra blankets, pillow, or any type of toy. The leading cause of death for infants between one month of age and one year of age is SIDS. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 3,700 cases of SIDS deaths in the United States 2015. In those 3,700 cases, a significant number of those deaths occurred in childcare. High-risk SIDS cases occur between the ages for 2-4 months. The actual rate of SIDS in child care is more than doubled the expected rate. Childcare providers meaning family child care, childcare centers, and relative child care. Why is SIDS in child care on the rise? Childcare providers are less likely to know behaviors that increase the risk of SIDS due to poor education on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome risk reduction, supervising too many children and are worn-out. Childcare providers perform an essential service in our society. This is becoming a growing need for all families in this generation. Most families include two working parents, so more and more parents are enrolling infants in some type of childcare. Childcare providers need the most updated information concerning the care of children like SIDS awareness’ and risk reduction to help decrease the risk of SIDS while caring for an infant. Just by educating child care providers SIDS risk can decrease.
Although taboo in Western culture, co-sleeping is making a comeback. After the retraction of previous statements against co-sleeping, Dr. Richard Ferber, child sleep guru, has now sided with a family’s decision to share a bed with their infants. Although the American Society of Pediatrics warns that sleeping with your infant can increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, the exact cause of SIDS is still unknown. The emotional benefits of sharing a bed with your baby can be enormous and some would argue that engaging in co-sleeping strengthens the bond between parent and child.
Parents should not add blankets, stuffed animals, or pillows to the bed. The AAP recommends in "The Changing Concept of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Diagnostic Coding Shifts, Controversies Regarding the Sleeping Environment, and New Variables to Consider in Reducing Risk" that infants “use sleep clothing with no other covering over the infant or infant sleep sacks…”(AAP, 2005) to keep them warm instead of blankets. This keeps infants from smothering their faces into the bedding. The AAP also recommends that infants do not share a bed with other siblings or parents. They should be placed in their own bassinet or crib for safe sleeping. This way the co-sleeper does not suffocate the child accidently. Infant’s mattresses should be firm. The softer the mattress is the more of a risk factor it becomes. These facts concerning bedding should be addressed with parents prior to discharge from hospitals. This factor should be addressed when first meeting the pediatrician. This way when purchasing the mattress it can be properly purchased.
• Always cover an infant’s mattress with a fitted sheet in a safety-approved crib to create a firm sleeping surface.
Co-sleeping is the involvement of a child or infant sleeping with their mother in the same area or room (Berger, 2012). Co- sleeping in our society is rare, but becoming more common like in other parts of the world such as Asia or Africa, where sleeping next to your child is considered normal, because they feel it’s cruel to separate your child at night. (Berger, 2012). Most American parents place their infants in warm cribs in their own room and are usually monitored by a baby monitor. Co-sleeping can be very effective when it comes to breastfeeding, helping the baby feel safe, making it easier for the baby to fall asleep, helps infants and mothers get more sleep time, and helps connect the child with the parent (Gupta, 2014).
In 2011 AAP safe sleep recommendations has gone from 11 to 18 since 2005. As more and more newborns pass from SIDS, researchers are able to find more triggers that lead to the problem. All of these recommendations however are not just directed towards the parents but are also directed to the health care providers, media, manufactures, policy makers and researchers. These are then categorized into the strength of the evidence by assigning a level A, B or C; A being the strongest. The first four recommendations on the list are considered to be level A. These four are considered to be one of the most debated safe sleep topics yet. These include back-only sleep, safe crib, alone, and no soft or loose items in crib with the baby. Having the newborn sleep on their back was first published by the AAP back in 1992 and is still a very important step to preventing SIDS today. Even though they say the ideal situation is for the newborn to sleep close to parent’s bed, it is strongly recommended that the baby does not sleep in the same bed. It has been reported that the increase in death rates in 2005 was associated mainly with bed-sharing. The infant should be placed in their crib, by themselves, with absolutely nothing else to prevent chances of death. The four newest
There are many different types of co sleeping, not just sleeping in your parents’ bed. The first type of co sleeping and the most common form is known as “bed-sharing.” This is when the infant and/or toddler sleeps in the same bed as his or her parent(s). The second type of co sleeping is known as the “sidecar arrangement.” In this type of co sleeping the crib, with one of its sides taken off, is set next to the mother’s side of the bed. This removal of one of the sides allows for easy access between mom and baby. The next type of co sleeping is when the baby’s crib is somewhere in the parent’s room but not directly next to mom. The final type of co sleeping is when the child is welcomed into the parents’ bed at any time throughout the night but does not start the night in mom and/or dad’s bed. Children begin their night in his or her own bed but if they are awoken in the night they are welcome to go into their parent’s bed.
Co-sleeping or crib-sleepers that is the question for new parents. There are people that feel that co-sleeping is “irresponsible” and that parents who share a family bed are “putting their baby’s life at risk.” (Onderko, 2016) The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended against bed-sharing in 2005 stating that it is linked to the increase in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Mothers may rock their babies to sleep, so if they are placed in a crib awake, these babies may have difficulty falling asleep. The childcare centre needs to learn this information to overcome the issue.
• The safest place for babies to sleep is in the parents’ bedroom in a crib.
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