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Oswego Hospital takes part in state safe sleep initiative

Hospital news | Friday, March 11, 2016

Contact: Marion Ciciarelli

Oswego Hospital’s maternity center staff is part of a statewide initiative to educate new parents on the safest sleep practices for their newborn baby.

Kim Hyde, RN, clinical director of the maternity center, said her staff is educating new families on the initiative, “Back To Sleep,” which advocates parents to place their baby on its back when sleeping. She also recommends that there be no blankets, crib bumpers or toys placed in the crib of a newborn. Instead, parents should use a wearable blanket or sleep sack. Every newborn at Oswego Hospital is provided a sleep sack, which takes the place of a swaddling blanket.

Additional parent advice includes no co-bedding in the case of twins and that baby and its parents should never share a bed. Parents should ensure that caregivers and family members are aware of these safe sleep recommendations.

“We find our new parents are embracing the sleep recommendations, as they realize that these simple steps can prevent a devastating death,” Hyde said.

The initiative is part of a statewide effort to reduce infant death due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome one or SIDS. Deaths from SIDS have declined dramatically since 1992, ever since the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that all babies be placed on their backs to sleep. However, sleep-related deaths from other causes, including suffocation, entrapment and asphyxia increased, making unsafe sleep the leading preventable cause of death form healthy infants. The state’s safe sleep project, embraced by Oswego Hospital, is aligned with efforts across the state to education and support caregivers to reduce infant sleep-related deaths by improving safe sleep practices.

To learn more about Oswego Hospital’s maternity center, please visit oswegohealth.org/healthybabies,