Safe Sleep for InfantsSudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and suffocation are major safety concerns for newborns
The Texas Department of State Health Services Safe Infant Sleep Campaign recommends following these steps for the ﬁrst year of your baby’s life to help you and your baby sleep safe and sound.
- Place your baby on their back to sleep for every sleep, including naps.
- Use a ﬁrm, ﬂat mattress (not inclined) with a well-ﬁtted sheet.
- Feed your baby only breastmilk for six months and continue breastfeeding for at least two years.
- Share your room with your baby. Keep baby near your bed on their own safety-approved sleep surface like a crib, bassinet, or portable play yard with no other people or pets.
- Keep everything out of your baby’s sleep area – no blankets, pillows, quilts, bumper pads, crib liners, sitting devices, toys, or other objects.
- Avoid placing your baby to sleep on a couch, armchair, or seating device like a swing, baby seat, or car safety seat (except when in a car).
Bedding for Infants
Mattresses made for adults are too soft and have blankets and pillows that can lead to suffocation. You rolling over on your baby is not the only concern; if your baby goes face down on the mattress or blankets, it can quickly become an emergency situation.
Having a baby on their back to sleep in a crib with no toys blankets or pillows is the safest method for bedtime.
Having a fitted sheet and, if needed, a wearable blanket or sleep sack that zips or snaps, but allows your baby to not be “wrapped” in a blanket, is safest.
When a baby is swaddled (wrapped) in a blanket, the moment they get an arm or leg free, they are at risk for suffocating themselves in the blanket.
If you do choose to swaddle, it needs to be fully supervised; your baby should not be left alone while swaddled.
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Drowning HazardsDrowning is a leading cause of death for children
In addition to pools and lakes, there are many household areas that are dangerous and even more likely to cause childhood drowning accidents.
Areas such as toilets, bathtubs, and fluids in five-gallon buckets can lead to a hospital visit or worse for a young child. To learn more about the dangerous areas and how to keep your child safe, watch the video.
Electric Shock Hazards
Electric shock kills more than 1,000 infants in the United States each year.
These deaths are often caused by a child chewing on cords, placing their fingers in outlets, pulling on cords in walls, and inserting the other end of a plugged-in phone charger into their mouths. Read about ways you can avoid electric shock and what to do if it ever happens.