Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Press Release from AAP - No More Bumpers!

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 12:01 a.m. ET

Media Contacts: Susan Stevens Martin  Debbie Linchesky  NCE Press Room
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BOSTON – Since the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended all babies should be placed on
their backs to sleep in 1992, deaths from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome have declined dramatically. But sleeprelated deaths from other causes, including suffocation, entrapment and asphyxia, have increased.
In an updated policy statement and technical report, the AAP is expanding its guidelines on safe sleep for
babies, with additional information for parents on creating a safe environment for their babies to sleep.
“We have tried to make it easier for parents and providers to understand the recommendations by providing
specific answers to common questions,” said Rachel Moon, MD, FAAP, chair of the AAP SIDS task force and
lead author of the new guidelines. “As a health care community, we need to do a better job translating what the
research identifies as ‘best practices’ into the day-to-day practice of caring for infants in both the hospital and
home environment.”
The policy statement, “SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Expansion of Recommendations for a Safe
Infant Sleeping Environment,” and an accompanying technical report, will be released Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the
AAP National Conference & Exhibition in Boston and published in the November 2011 issue of Pediatrics
(published online Oct. 18).
Dr Moon will discuss the new recommendations during an embargoed news briefing for reporters at 11 a.m. ET
Monday, Oct. 17, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. During the news briefing, a crib with objects
such as crib bumpers, baby blankets, pillows and toys will be set up for Dr. Moon to demonstrate safe vs. unsafe
sleep practices.
The policy statement and technical report provide global recommendations for education and safety related to
SIDS risk reduction. In addition, the AAP is providing recommendations on a safe sleeping environment that
can reduce the risk of all sleep-related infant deaths, including SIDS. Three important additions to the
recommendations include:
 Breastfeeding is recommended and is associated with a reduced risk of SIDS.
 Infants should be immunized. Evidence suggests that immunization reduces the risk of SIDS by 50
 Bumper pads should not be used in cribs. There is no evidence that bumper pads prevent injuries, and
there is a potential risk of suffocation, strangulation or entrapment.
“It is important for health care professionals, staff in newborn nurseries and neonatal intensive care units, and
child care providers to endorse the recommended ways to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related
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trainees on how to prevent suffocation deaths and to reduce SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths – our
goal is to ultimately eliminate these deaths completely.”
The report also includes the following recommendations:
 Always place your baby on his or her back for every sleep time.
 Always use a firm sleep surface. Car seats and other sitting devices are not recommended for
routine sleep.
 The baby should sleep in the same room as the parents, but not in the same bed (room-sharing
without bed-sharing).
 Keep soft objects or loose bedding out of the crib. This includes pillows, blankets, and bumper
 Wedges and positioners should not be used.
 Pregnant woman should receive regular prenatal care.
 Don’t smoke during pregnancy or after birth.
 Breastfeeding is recommended.
 Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.
 Avoid covering the infant’s head or overheating.
 Do not use home monitors or commercial devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.
 Infants should receive all recommended vaccinations.
 Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development and minimize
the occurrence of positional plagiocephaly (flat heads).
Parent information will be available at starting Oct. 18.
Reporters attending the news briefing should first check in at the press room (151A) at the Boston Convention
Center. For a copy of the policy statement or technical report or to interview one of the authors, contact the
AAP Department of Communications.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric
medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well being of
infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit



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