In the United States Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), causes catastrophic, unanticipated death in 2000-3000 seemingly healthy infants yearly. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) convened a Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome to study this tragic occurrence. Their revised guidelines, released in October 2005, recommend the following: 1) Always put an infant to sleep or nap on its back. DO NOT put a baby to sleep on its stomach (there can be medical conditions that override this dictum). 2) Only put babies to sleep in a crib or bassinet with a firm mattress and tight fitting sheet. NEVER allow the baby to sleep in a bed, on a sofa or with other children or adults (bed sharing is a leading factor for infant deaths in Calhoun County) 3) Let babies sleep in the parent’s room (NOT in the same bed). 4) Avoid soft bedding materials; no pillows, comforters, or quilts. 5) Make sure the room temperature is not too hot. It should be comfortable for a lightly-clothed adult. 6) Do not use breathing monitors or products marketed as ways to reduce SIDS. 7) Keep your baby in a smoke-free environment. Breastfeed your baby if possible -- NEVER give honey to a child less than 1 year old -- honey in very young children may cause infant botulism. Let the baby sleep with a pacifier from one month to one year of age. Offering pacifiers at naptime and bedtime can reduce the risk of SIDS. However, do not force the infant to use a pacifier. Pacifiers are associated with dental problems only when used on into early childhood; researchers say the potential benefit (decreased SIDS risk) outweighs the risks.
The evidence for pacifier use is characterized by this Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome as “compelling”. Reuters health information reported in December 2005 that, “Overall, pacifier use cut the risk of SIDS by 92%”. The role of the pacifier in reducing SIDS was acknowledged by the Netherlands (1998), Canadian Pediatric Society (2003) and the AAP (2005). In regard to these facts Tomorrow’s Child/Michigan SIDS Executive Director Sandra J. Frank, JD, CAE stated, “Dr. Barrett’s remarks are a reminder that we need to develop additional educational materials that address the AAP recommendations in greater detail. Our challenge will be to present this complex message in a manner that can be adopted by the families we serve.” Medicine doesn’t know why pacifier use works. However, it has been proven that the presence of acid/foodstuffs, regurgitated from the stomach back into the esophagus can be associated with life threatening events and stopping breathing. These stomach contents need not even aspirate into the lungs. Hence the benefit of pacifier use could reside with increased swallowing the alkaline saliva created from sucking on the pacifier. The clearance of regurgitation from the esophagus prevents a tragic breathing or heart interruption. As I see it, offer a pacifier as an integral part of a sleep environment. You might just save a life.
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