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Thursday, November 28th, 2013
Getting a newborn to fall asleep is not an easy task. While there’s plenty of strategies to employ (my parents would keep the vacuum cleaner on for me) it’s also important to make sure your method promotes safe sleep, too.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, about half of all unexpected infant deaths in the U.S. each year are caused by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). After HALO founder Bill Schmid and his wife lost their first infant to SIDS, he set out to create a solution to ensure sound AND safe sleep for babies.
HALO’s SleepSack swaddles and blankets are not only great at keeping your baby warm, but will also help protect him from sleep hazards, like loose blankets in the crib. Start out using the swaddles, which can be adjusted to keep baby’s arms in or out. Once you catch your baby learning how to roll, you can transition to the wearable blankets so he has his hands free. Both soothers are recognized as “Hip Healthy” by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
Join HALO’s safe sleep mission by entering our latest giveaway, including two SleepSack Swaddles and two SleepSack wearable blankets for ONE lucky winner, worth about $100 total. That means a full year of safe sleep for your little critter.
To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and December 4, and don’t forget to read the official rules. Be sure to check back on December 5 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!
In the meantime, check out these additional sleep tips to help your newborn drift off peacefully.
Congrats to our winner Rachel Yurkanin Taylor!
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Monday, October 14th, 2013
Aden + Anais, best known for its adorable muslin baby blankets, is now giving away 10 of its muslin “sleeping bags,” or wearable blankets. These are a safe way to keep your baby warm while sleeping without using a loose blanket, which poses a suffocation risk; avoiding them in cribs is an important part of reducing the risk of SIDS. The company is running this giveaway now because October is SIDS Awareness Month, when advocates work especially hard to increase the awareness of SIDS as well as the importance of safe sleep habits for babies. Among those advocates are the CJ Foundation for SIDS, a nonprofit which has provided millions of dollars for SIDS research initiatives, support service grants, public education, and awareness campaigns since 1994. In fact, a portion of the sales of all Aden + Anais sleeping bags go directly to the CJ Foundation.
To enter the giveaway, visit Aden + Anais on Facebook. (Scroll down a bit to find the latest post about the contest.) Good luck!
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Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
Seeking Signs of SIDS Risks in the Womb
Subtle abnormalities in the placentas of pregnant women may predispose newborns to an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome, according to a study in Early Human Development. (via Wall Street Journal)
Ovarian Cancer Screenings Are Not Effective, Panel Says
Tests commonly recommended to screen healthy women for ovarian cancer do more harm than good and should not be performed, a panel of medical experts said on Monday. (via New York Times)
Eye-Surgery Benefit Linked to Gender
Motor-vehicle accidents involving men decreased by 15.3% in the 12 months following cataract surgery but the frequency of postoperative crashes didn’t change significantly for women, according to a study in Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology. (via Wall Street Journal)
Siblings Among First Cured of ‘Bubble Boy Disease’
Brother and sister Colton and Abbygail Ainslie are among three children successfully treated for their immune deficiency during an experiment detailed in Tuesday’s issue of the journal Blood. (via Today)
New Breed of Robotics Aims to Help People Walk Again
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Ekso Bionics is one of several companies and research labs that are working on wearable robots made to help disabled people or to make the human body superhuman. (via The New York Times)
Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
Abuse of Opiates Soars in Pregnant Women
The fast-growing abuse of prescription drugs has reached maternity wards in hospitals across the country, with the number of pregnant women addicted to opiate drugs — and the number of babies born experiencing withdrawal symptoms — rising sharply over the last decade.
Gay Mom Upset After Dismissal by Boy Scouts
Jennifer Tyrrell and her 7-year-old son have had many rewarding experiences with the Boy Scouts of America, but their participation in the national organization came to an end because she is gay, and the group does not allow open or avowed homosexuals in their membership.
Stressed Moms More Likely to Overfeed Their Babies
Researchers looked at moms in low-income households and found that those who experienced certain stressors, such as depression or single parenthood, were more likely to add cereal to their infants’ bottles, a practice that increases the risk of weight gain in childhood.
Study Finds Smoking Leads to Increase in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Eliminating smoking at home reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by 80 percent, an Australian study has found.
Black Children Less Likely to Get Pain Meds in ER
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Black children seen in the emergency department for abdominal pain are less likely to receive pain medication than white children, according to a new study.
Monday, March 26th, 2012
Pregnancy Ups Risk of Heart Attack, Study Says
Pregnancy and hormonal changes that continue 12 weeks after giving birth increase a woman’s risk of heart attack, researchers said.
Parents Need Warnings About Multiple SIDS Risks, Study Says
More parents seem to have gotten the message that their infants need to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of dying from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). However they seem to be unaware that often multiple risk factors occurring at the same time increase the risk of SIDS, according to new research published Monday.
School District Told to Replace Web Filter Blocking Pro-Gay Sites
A judge has ordered Camdenton school district in Missouri to replace a filter that puts pro-gay sites in the sexuality category, but allows antigay sites, which are often classified as religious.
In Praise of Germs: Why Common Bugs Are Necessary for Kids
Attention, germaphobes. Exposure to the microscopic bugs is crucial for keeping kids healthy, according to new research in the prestigious journal Science.
Recalls of Unsafe Kids Products Down but Often Ignored
Children’s product recalls dropped 24% in 2011, but injuries and other incidents associated with these recalls grew 7%, a report out today says.
Aggressive Parents Force Egg Hunt Cancellation
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Organizers of an annual Easter egg hunt attended by hundreds of children have canceled this year’s event, citing the behavior of aggressive parents who swarmed into the tiny park last year, determined that their kids get an egg.
Monday, February 6th, 2012
Study: Child Abuse Bigger Threat than SIDS
Nearly 4,600 U.S. children were hospitalized with broken bones, traumatic brain injury and other serious damage caused by physical abuse in 2006, according to a new report.
CDC: 1 in 5 Kids Exposed to Secondhand Smoke in Cars
In the first national estimate of its kind, a report from government researchers says more than 1 in 5 high school students and middle schoolers ride in cars while others are smoking.
Woman Alleges Workplace Pregnancy Discrimination
Amy Zvovushe records conversation with human resources about resigning.
Susan Powell’s Slain Sons Were ‘Beginning to Verbalize,’ Lawyer Says
Authorities say the husband of a missing Utah woman intentionally set his home on fire Sunday, killing him and his two young sons shortly after the boys were brought to the home by a social worker for a supervised visit.
Children’s Bed-Wetting May Be Caused By Constipation
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Some children who wet their bed might be suffering from constipation, a new study finds.
Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
If you have a baby younger than 1 year of age, chances are that he or she is sleeping in a way that goes against the latest recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). At the AAP’s national conference in Boston, which wraps up today, the Academy released their revised policy statement on safe sleeping and SIDS prevention.
Until babies are 1 year old, they should:
Be put to sleep on their back. Always, always, always. At some point, your baby will be able to roll from her back to her front and from her front to her back—and at that point, you can leave her in whatever position she ends up.
Sleep in the same room as—but not the same bed as—their parents. To keep a baby in your room until age 1 may seem… let’s say… difficult, but “these recommendations are most important in the first few months,” says pediatrician Rachel Moon, M.D, lead author of the new guidelines and chair of the AAP SIDS task force. Bedsharing is not recommended at any age, even if you’re using an actual cosleeping device that attaches to the side of your bed. “No bedsharing can be classified as safe,” says Dr. Moon, who adds that babies under 3 months are at a “very, very high risk” of suffocation.
Use a pacifier as often as possible. Pacifiers are associated with a decreased risk of SIDS, perhaps because it may position the tongue in a way that helps keep the airways open, Dr. Moon says. Pacifiers also tend to arouse babies as they sleep (I’ll say! Who else has experienced that sinking feeling every time their newborn’s pacifier popped out of her mouth and woke her up?!), and when babies are able to be easily woken, their risk of SIDS goes down.
Be breastfed. Lots of research backs up the positive connection between nursing and SIDS risk reduction.
Be fully immunized. There may be a protective effect here, too; evidence points to a 50 percent decrease in the risk of SIDS.
Not have anything in their cribs (or bassinets or Pack & Plays) except a tight-fitting sheet. No bumpers—not even the mesh kind. (Chicago now bans the sale of bumpers.) No stuffed animals. No pillows. No blankets. Nothing between the mattress and the sheet to make the surface softer. (“Soft does not equal safe,” says Dr. Moon. “Soft is bad.”) No elevating the head of the crib mattress by propping pillows underneath it, either, because babies can slide down to the bottom of the crib and end up in a position that obstructs their airway, or get wedged between the mattress and the side of the crib.
Not sleep in a car seat, stroller, swing, or sling for more than 60-90 minutes, and even then only under close supervision. Nothing but a crib, bassinet, or Pack & Play is recommended for extended periods of sleep. If your baby falls asleep in one of those other places, Dr. Moon recommends moving him as soon as is practical. Otherwise, they run the risk of sliding or slumping down and boosting the chance of suffocation.
Not sleep with the help of any products marketed as reducing the risk of SIDS. This goes for wedges, positioners, and home apnea monitors. “Parents believe that if a product is sold, it must be safe. They don’t always understand that these items don’t have to be tested or proven to work in order to be in stores,” says Dr. Moon.
She made an important point about why some parents don’t follow safe sleep recommendations. “Everybody thinks their baby is the exception to the rule,” she explains. “They’ll say ‘My baby has reflux.’ ‘My baby was premature.’ ‘My baby’s not a good sleeper.’” But she sees more than her share of infant deaths—at least one per month in her hometown of Washington, D.C. “We have to get the message out.”
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Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
“Dirty Dozen” List of Produce
The “dirty dozen” list of the twelve fruits and vegetables with the highest amount of pesticide residue was released Monday by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). (Third Age.com)
FDA Bans ‘Waterproof,’ ‘Sweatproof’ Sunscreen Labels
Not all sunscreens are created equal, and indeed, searching for the perfect formulation—waterproof, sweatproof, sunblock or spray—can overwhelm even the most decisive shopper. But a new set of rules regulating sunscreen released by the Food & Drug Administration on Tuesday aims to take the guesswork out of finding effective sun protection for consumers. (Mainstreet.com)
Could Sleeping on Left Side Help Prevent Stillbirth?
For pregnant women, reducing the risk for stillbirth may be as simple as sleeping on their left side, New Zealand researchers suggest. (Health.com)
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