Safe Sleep for Health Care Providers
There have been dramatic improvements in reducing infant deaths during sleep since the 1990s, when recommendations were introduced to place babies on their back for sleep. However, since the early 2000s, declines have slowed. Other recommended safe sleep practices today include eliminating hazards, such as keeping blankets, pillows, bumper pads, and soft toys out of the sleep area. Recommendations also include room sharing but not bed sharing. These practices can help lower the risk of sleep-related infant deaths due to accidental suffocation, entrapment, or strangulation. Not all caregivers follow these recommendations. Health care providers can counsel caregivers on safe sleep practices during pregnancy and baby care visits.