Sunday, November 3, 2013

"This Side Up" SIDS Awareness Campaign


October is SIDS Awareness Month.  Did you know that SIDS -- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome -- is the #1 cause of death for infants under the age of one?

While much is still not known about SIDS, there are some steps you can take to help prevent it.  One of the simplest, yet most important things you can do is make sure your baby always sleeps on his/her back.

To help raise awareness of SIDS, Cloud 9 will partner with Decatur Morgan Hospital to begin a "This Side Up" SIDS Awareness Campaign in 2014.   We will be hosting a Strike Out SIDS family bowling event to raise money to provide every infant born at Decatur Morgan Hospital with a "This Side Up" onesie.

These onesies will have the words "This Side Up" on the front as a reminder to place the baby on his or her back when sleeping.  The back of the onesies will have a list of other ways to prevent SIDS.

In addition, Cloud 9 will be distributing rattles that all new mothers and babies will be sent home with to promote SIDS Awareness.

Along with making sure your baby always sleeps face-up, here are some other steps you can take to help prevent SIDS and keep your baby safe:

-Control room temperature to keep your baby from getting overheated.

-Offer your baby a pacifier for all sleep times.

-Remove all loose toys from the baby's sleep area.

-Don't smoke and do not allow others to smoke around your baby.

-Breastfeed your baby, if possible.

-Don't bring your baby into your bed.

We look forward to partnering with Decatur Morgan Hospital in 2014 to help prevent and raise awareness of SIDS.  What could be more important than doing everything we possibly can to protect those who rely so entirely upon us to do just that.  

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