Keep Your Baby Safe (Part 2) - A crib doesn’t need to look comfy

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Not everybody knows about “back to sleep”

Three years ago, Elizabeth Matlick, a teacher in Seattle, and her husband, Justin, selected a well-recommended in-home day care for their 10-week-old daughter, Vivian. Elizabeth felt confident in the providers, an older couple, and also thought she’d be insulting them to reiterate the Back to sleep guidelines. “It seemed like a no-brainer,” she says.

On Vivian’s fourth day, the caregivers found her during naptime; face down in the play yard, nearly blue and not breathing. Paramedics put her on a ventilator and rushed her to the hospital. Miraculously, she regained consciousness the next morning, but the lack of oxygen caused her brain to swell and she had a dozen seizures over three days in the NICU. Happily, after a year of precautionary physical therapy to maintain her reflexes, she has hit all of her developmental milestones. The day-care providers insist they had put Vivian on her back, but her parents still are not sure what happened, as they’d never seen her roll over. It’s possible, Matlick says, that Vivian was placed not on her back but on her side and managed to wriggle onto her belly.

After giving birth to a second daughter, Anna, Matlick is still shaken by the ordeal. She’s now explicit with everyone about putting Anna on her back. “You’ve got to have the conversation, even if you feel ridiculous,” she says.

In fact, parents should discuss safe-sleep habits with everyone, starting with hospital staff. “Tell babysitters, friends, and especially grandparents, who might have done things differently in their time,” explains Dr. Goodstein, who’s helped initiate safe-sleep education programs for health providers. When it comes to day care, don’t wait: Most sleep accidents happen within the first week, Dr. Moon has found.

People assume that babies with reflux shouldn’t sleep on their back, but studies have shown that belly sleeping isn’t an effective antidote. It’s also a myth that back-sleeping babies will choke on their spit-up. The AAP recommends babies get supervised tummy time. “That helps them gain the neck muscles they need to move their head from an unsafe position,” says Dr. Goodstein.

A crib doesn’t need to look comfy 

Description: A crib doesn’t need to look comfy

A crib doesn’t need to look comfy

Three years ago, Shannon and Chris Greub, then living in Spearfish, South Dakota, were delighting in their 9-month-old daughter, Aspen. “She was a very happy baby, never sick, and she was ahead in all her milestones,” says Greub. She and her husband had set up Aspen’s crib with beautiful bedding, including matching bumpers and blanket. “You buy all these pretty things when you’re having a baby,” she says. “I didn’t know they could be dangerous.”

Description: This is the last photo Shannon Greub took of her daughter, Aspen.

This is the last photo Shannon Greub took of her daughter, Aspen.

In the early hours of an October morning, anticipating Aspen’s periodic waking during the night but hearing no noise, Greub rushed to Aspen’s room with the sense that something wasn’t right. She found her baby had rolled onto her stomach and had somehow pulled the blanket off the back of the crib. Her head and body had gotten tangled in it, and she wasn’t breathing. “I screamed,” she recalls. “My husband called an ambulance. He tried to do CPR until it arrived,” she says. “I felt like my world was crashing down.” The paramedics continued CPR and then rushed Aspen to the hospital. “They tried to bring her back, but they couldn’t.”

Today, the parents are exceedingly careful with bedding for their 21-month-old daughter, Rylee. Greub uses Facebook to spread the word that cribs shouldn’t contain blankets, pillows, bumpers, or stuffed toys. She’s been stunned to meet hundreds of parents online who’ve lost babies in similar ways: “You don’t realize how common it is until it happens to you.”

Description: Today, the parents are exceedingly careful with bedding for their children.

Today, the parents are exceedingly careful with bedding for their children.

 
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