When I had Bella, I was afraid of SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome because I heard that babies less than a year old would die sleeping without even knowing the real cause of it. That is why it is called "syndrome". I would always check her when sleeping, listen to her heartbeat, feel her breathing and all. I was a paranoid mommy. But hey, who wants to lose a baby? No one! Happily, my paranoia ended because Bella was actually alright - healthy and lively. How about the other babies? Are they all sleeping safely? Sad to say, some are not especially that there are parents who are not educated about this. Awareness is always key but who would inform parents if the government isn't doing anything? There are many ways to help. Blogging is just one way to do that.
In most first-world countries,safe sleep education is being pushed by the government. In fact, there are even laws that mandate US hospitals to educate new parents about safe sleep prior to discharge. Sadly, there is still no government support and a huge lack of public education about safe sleep in the
This October is SIDS Awareness Month. Halo Philippines, the local distributor of the Halo SleepSack wearable blanket, amplifies its campaign to spread the word about safe sleep. Along with fellow safe sleep advocates, Pink Heart String hopes to start a yearly tradition of promoting safe sleep for the continuous education of parents.
What is SIDS?The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines the dangers that may steal the lives of our precious little ones.
Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID): The death of an infant that occurs suddenly and unexpectedly. After a case investigation, these deaths may be diagnosed as suffocation,asphyxia, entrapment, infection, ingestions, metabolic diseases, cardiac arrhythmias, trauma(accidental or non-accidental), or SIDS.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): The sudden death of an infant that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted, including a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and a review of the clinical history. SIDS is a type of SUID.
Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed (ASSB) also is a type of sleep-related SUID. This includes infant deaths related to airway obstruction (asphyxia) in a sleeping environment caused by:
1. Suffocation by soft bedding—such as a pillow or waterbed mattress.
2. Overlay—another person overlaying or rolling on top of or against the infant.
3. Wedging or entrapment—wedging between two objects such as a mattress and wall,
bed frame, or furniture.
4. Strangulation—such as when an infant’s head and neck become caught between crib railings.
How to How to Reduce the RiskIn support of SIDS Awareness Month, Halo Philippines has put together this public service reminder on safe sleep.
I never heard of these SleepSack before and when I saw the picture, I was kinda curious on how this thing works. But as I researched about it, I found out that it can be good for our babies and could keep them safe while sleeping.
Created by a parent who lost a child to SIDS, the award-winning Halo SleepSack is a wearable blanket that eliminates the risk of a baby getting entangled with clothing and loose bedding during sleep. It is worn over pajamas or a t-shirt in place of loose blankets that can easily be kicked off, thus ensuring a better night’s sleep. It is the safer way to sleep.
Halo is the No. 1 wearable blanket in the market today. Its name has become synonymous to quality and safety that translates to value for money. In fact, Halo is the only brand trusted and used by over 1,200 US hospitals and NICUs, and is consistently voted by parenting authorities as the No.1 baby must-have. With sizes for newborns up to 5 years old, babies can grow with Halo and experience safer, healthier sleep, which in turn promotes physical and mental development.
As a special treat for my blog readers, Halo Philippines is giving 15% discount on all Halo SleepSacks for the entire month of October until November 15, 2013! Just key in my blog name under “customer instructions” when you check out your order at Halo Philippines.
How You Can HelpTogether with Halo Philippines, we ask our readers and community to help us raise awareness for SIDS and safe sleep. We ask that you share this post with your family, friends and your community. Here are some ways you can help:
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It would be very devastating for a parent to find her child on an undesirable state while sleeping. So, let us do something. If you have shown your support, we really appreciate it.
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