I tried Googling up the latest Philippine statistics on one of the most dreadful causes of infant death worldwide, SIDS, or the Sudden Death Infant Syndrome, so we could have an idea on how widespread it is in our country. Unfortunately, I only found an extrapolation at the Right Diagnosis website. How I wish our government would also pay attention to this by mandating the concerned agencies to conduct further studies and thorough research on SIDS.
The Sudden Death Infant Syndrome (SIDS) is the untimely and unexplained death of an infant under one year of age. SIDS and accidental sleep suffocation is the #1 cause of death among seemingly healthy infants in the world. Most of the time, medical professionals couldn’t explain this occurrence, and even parents themselves.
I was going through my daughter’s old stuff 2 days ago and I came across her outgrown clothes. I found the green starry swaddle (as shown in the photo above) that I bought for her and the sleepsack-wanna-be from the Baby Company Fair. How timely my rummaging was because I am about share some things about safe sleeping and more.
SIDS : A SILENT KILLER
During N’s first few nights at home, my husband / first-time dad, loves wrapping her on a blankie. But the thing is, she perspires a lot (even until now). For this reason, my husband runs the A/C 24/7, and our bedroom gets very cold! As a response, instead of turning off the A/C or setting it to a higher temperature, he places a loose blanket on her. N has a playpen to sleep on but since I breastfeed her, she shares bed with me and her Daddy.
I tried looking for a nice sleepsack for our young daughter at that time (but found none) to prevent my husband’s usage of a loose blanket on her. This is probably the reason why I resorted into buying a swaddle and that sleepsack-wanna-be that I was telling you earlier about.
SIDS could have happened to N because of our uninformed decisions as first-time parents. N could have died because of suffocation caused by using a loosed blanket, getting squeezed in between two soundly sleeping adults, thrusting of a milky breast while nursing, or by rolling on her.
Our Filipino culture celebrates family togetherness, even in sleeping. Now that N is all grown up, I still share bed with her, but with a caution. I know way better now.
HALO’S SAFE SLEEP SPARTY
This is the reason why I feel very happy when I came across Halo Sleepsack during my visit at the Mom & Me Fair at the Rockwell a couple of months ago. I was able to chat with Ives Lim, and she briefly explained to me what Halo Sleepsack is all about. Halo hasn’t left my head since then and I vowed to get one if I’ll have another baby.
Days have passed and I received an email from Ives because she’s organizing a Safe Sleep Sparty, and she’s inviting me. Of course, I said yes in a blink. I want to learn more about being a part of the Safe Sleep campaign, and to raise the awareness of my readers who are mostly parents.
WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SAFE SLEEPING
- Infants should sleep on their back. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics:
“The exact reason for this finding is not certain, but it may be related to findings that suggest that an infant who sleeps on her stomach gets less oxygen or gets rid of carbon dioxide less because she is “re-breathing” the air from a small pocket of bedding pulled up around the nose.”
When I was pregnant with N, I learned through my readings that the best sleeping position for any infant is on his or her back. I always carry this reminder in my head, most especially when N finally arrived. I see to it that she always sleeps on her back, even if it means waking up at an ungodly hour to monitor.
2. Ensure a Safe Sleeping Area and Environment
I’d like to highlight the importance of the railing spaces found in the cribs. The spaces shouldn’t be as big as a can of soda, or if you child is using a playpen, a button shouldn’t be able to go through the holes of the mesh.
The mattress should be firm and shouldn’t have a gap as wide as placing your 2 fingers.
3. Choose Safety vs. Convenience.
Why? Simply because our child is so worth it! I’m not saying that we should always break the bank when purchasing stuff for our children. I know “SALE” is such a sweet word to hear, but we must carefully examine these items that are on sale before buying them. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
This slide convicted me. We often see this kind of illustration as we look for design inspiration for our child’s nursery. But mind you, this is not safe!
In reality, safe sleep means there shouldn’t be anything inside the crib or playpen except for the baby.
One thing’s for sure, on my next baby, I will surely get a Halo Sleepsack. This is the solution that I have been looking for all these years to help ensure safe sleeping for the children. I highly suggest that you invest on their sleepsacks.
The Halo Sleepsacks are made of 100% premium, non toxic, lead and chemical-free fabric, making it the best choice of parents and 900 hospital nurseries, and is the #1 sleepsack brand in the US.
Halo is an award-winning and certified brand by prestigious institutions, including the recognition of the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
THE SAFE AND UNIQUE FEATURES OF HALO SLEEPSACKS
The Halo Sleepsack is good for newborn babies. Other commercial swaddles in the market are “pod-shaped” or “pea-shaped“, which confine the legs and increase the risk of hip dislocation. The Halo SleepSack Swaddle is the only commercial swaddle approved as hip healthy by the Hip Dysplasia institute. Please check out http://www.hipdysplasia.org/developmental-dysplasia-of-the-hip/hip-healthy-swaddling/ for more details.
There is also a Halo Sleepsack for Early Walkers (ages 2-5 years old) as shown in the photo below:
The Halo Sleepsack Swaddle has a 2-in-1 infant swaddling feature. As a mom, I believe in the benefits of infant swaddling because my daughter N was able to sleep through the night at an early age.
Swaddling also helps our children feel more secure when experiencing the Moro or Startle Reflex. The Moro Reflex disrupts a child’s sound sleep.
Be a Safe Sleep Advocate Today!
Having said all of these benefits, this blog supports Halo Philippines in their Safe Sleep campaign of all Filipino children. As parents, it is our responsibility to our children to educate ourselves so we can make informed choices that will greatly impact their lives.
We are God’s stewards of these young lives, and it is our duty to protect them. I also encourage you to do the same if you know of any first-time parents, or anyone who has a newborn child in your family, friends, or community.
Safe Sleeping is possible when we are armed with knowledge and putting it to practice. Through this, we can prevent infant mortality around the world. Our efforts can help reduce cases of young lives claimed by SIDS.
For more information on Halo Sleepsacks in the Philipines, or to get one right at the comfort of your home, you can reach them at the following details:
Website : http://www.halophilippines.com/