Post # 1
I received a very sad reminder about SIDS earlier this evening. One of the moms on a mommy board that I occasionally frequent just lost her 5 month old daughter to sids.
This shocking horrible news has served as a flag to me on a few things that I have become complacent about as my little man has gotten older. I sometimes put a blanket down on his mattress bc it stays warmer. He also likes to put his little chew blanket over his face and fall asleep with it there.
I don’t know this family but my heart is breaking for them. I know that I will be up checking on my little man tonight and being more careful as I keep this family in my prayers.
Post # 3
Oh, how sad for that mother and her family 🙁 I will keep them in my thoughts!
Post # 4
Such horrible news, my heart goes out the family. My cousin died from sids when she was 18 months
Post # 5
I had a sister that passed from SIDS, she was 3 months old. It devastated my parents. In order to ensure it never happened again, my dad had a heart monitor on my younger sister and me just in case.
Post # 6
@MrsSl82be: wow, 18 months? That’s very unusual. How devasting 🙁
SIDS is such a sad thing. :'( Sometimes you can do your best to prevent it, but it’s just one of those unfortunate mysteries that often has no ryhme nor reason.
For the record, I’ve been told in one of my classes that it’s ok to keep a small receiving blanket in the crib, but I was a little unsure of the advice. My professor said to use the blanket but not the sleep sacks because the baby can get too warm in the sleepsack and can’t take it off to cool down. Being too warm increases the risk of SIDS. It’s just one of those things that you would have to decide between as a parent I suppose since there is so much different advice.
Also, allegedly, keeping a fan or a source of air circulation in the room reduces the risk as well.
Post # 7
@JoesWifey: The advice your professor gives is counter to what we pediatricians tell parents. We suggest sleep sacks and a pacifier if the baby will take one. Babies who suck on pacifiers have a lower incidence of SIDs. Sadly, our baby refuses to take one.
Post # 8
Oh my! I will keep them in my thoughts. That’s so sad!
Post # 9
@Mrs. DG: thanks for clearing that up. It was contrary to everything I’ve heard as well (as I said, I was unsure), but she’s generally very knowledgable about infant and toddler care so I wasn’t sure. It’s not like she’s an older woman with old fashioned ways. She’s young and working on her Ph.D. But maybe that’s the problem?
Post # 10
what do you think about angel monitors like this one?
Post # 12
Having worked in a Daycare for a few years, I’ve taken numerous classes on a variety of infant/toddler care. Included in them was at least 6 different classes on SIDS. They were always more emotional because we’d hear stories. It’s so sad. The number one thing every single class instructed was do not have anything in the crib with the child, especially things that are meant to prevent sids because something like 68% of SIDS prevention products have been linked to an actual SIDS death. It was a really astonishing number. I remember one pediatricion telling all of us, “The baby does not need a blanket just because you may like to sleep with one, and crib sets can be beautiful, but an empty crib with a baby in it is better than a beautifully decorated one without one.” That really stuck with me.