(WBNG Binghamton) UHS Wilson Medical Center recently became the first hospital in the area to teach safe sleep practices to new parents.
According to a news release:
Parents of babies born at Wilson learn how to help their baby sleep safer right from the start. The hospital now uses HALO Sleep Sacks for every baby in the newborn nursery as a way to demonstrate the importance of providing a safe sleep environment for infants. Each baby born at Wilson also receives a HALO Sleep Sack to take home after their stay.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the most important way to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is to place an infant on their back on a firm mattress without blankets, toys or pillows. Most experts advise swaddling infants or using a wearable blanket.
“Parents have told us they would see sleep sacks in stores and online, but they weren’t really sure how to use them,” said Karen Fabian, nurse manager of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Wilson. “Through this program we teach them the correct way to put the baby in the HALO® and by the time they are discharged, they are very comfortable about using it at home.”
Over the past two decades, national education campaigns such as the Back to Sleep Initiative have helped reduce the incidence of SIDS by more than 50 percent. However, SIDS remains the leading cause of death for infants between 1 month and 12 months of age and claims more than 2,200 lives each year.
“We hope this HALO Sleep Sack program helps get the word out about ways to prevent SIDS,” Karen said. “If we prevent just one SIDS death by teaching parents to use the SleepSack, then we’ve made a huge difference and it’s definitely worth it.”