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The SIDS Center of New Jersey (SCNJ) is a program of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, a part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack. The program is funded in part by a grant from the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services to Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, a part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and a grant by the CJ Foundation for SIDS to the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center.
New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie proclaims October, 2013 as SIDS Awareness Month.
To read the proclamation, please click on to the news box at the left.
HOSPITAL TOOL KIT FOR SAFE INFANT SLEEP
Tool Kit to help hospitals provide
Safe Infant Sleep education to parents and caregivers!
Click here to access the Tool Kit.
SAFE SLEEP RESOURCES
- Sample Hospital Safe Sleep Policy Template From First Candle
The national organization, First Candle developed a Hospital Safe Sleep Policy Template that is designed as a resource for hospitals, to be used as they develop or update their infant safe sleep policy and protocol. It reflects the most current evidence-based research and 2011 AAP guidelines. Included are recommendations for NICU and well-baby nurseries, as well as teaching points for staff and patient education. Click the following to view the safe sleep policy template. FirstCandle Hospital Safe Sleep Policy Template This posting is informational and does not constitute an endorsement by the SIDS Center of New Jersey.
Public Education Campaign information and materials are available from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. To access this information click the following link http://www.nichd.nih.gov/sts/Pages/default.aspx
- Click here to download our newest SCNJ Safe Sleep for Your Baby flyers: re-formated English Flyer, re-formatted Spanish Flyer
- The SCNJ developed an infant safe sleep checklist. Its purpose is to provide a method for reviewing the infant’s sleep environment. For home visitors, this checklist can serve as a basis for providing safe sleep education. This material was prepared in 2012 and expanded in 2013. It is based on the most recent guidelines and technical report, to date, of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. A link to the checklist follows: SIDS Center of New Jersey Infant Safe Sleep Checklist 2014
- A newly published article by Robert Carpenter and colleagues (BMJ Open, 2013) underscores the dangers of bedsharing with infants. Even in cases where a young infant is breastfed and the parents neither smoke or take alcohol or drugs, there is a fivefold increase in the risk of SIDS when the parent bed shares with the infant. Smoking, alcohol and drugs greatly increase the risk associated with bed sharing. The authors conclude that a substantial reduction in SIDS rates could be achieved if parents avoided bed sharing. The findings are consistent with a study published by the faculty of the SIDS Center of New Jersey that found that bed-sharing SIDS cases were more likely to have had bedding-environment and sleep-position risks and higher ratios of lifestyle risk factors such as smoking. Our study was cited in the technical report accompanying the newest AAP guidelines on safe sleep. Studies such as these underscore the importance of following the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations that parents should avoid bed sharing with infants. It should also be noted that although the AAP advises against bed sharing, they do encourage room sharing which is actually associated with a reduction in the rate of SIDS. A link to the new article follows:
- Access the policy statement of the American Academy of Pediatrics expanded guidelines for SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Expansion of Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment, October 17, 2011.
- Access the technical report of the American Academy of Pediatrics expanded guidelines for SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Expansion of Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment, October 17, 2011.
- Link to the online NICHD curriculum for nurses: Continuing Education Program on SIDS Risk Reduction.
- Recall Information: The link below will take you to the Consumer Product Safety Commission website that describes a recall of the HALO SleepSacks wearable blankets that were sold exclusively at Babies R Us and feature a flower sewn on the front. Reports indicate that the petals can come loose and pose a hazard. The link will provide details and instructions for obtaining a replacement from Halo Sleep.It is important to note that the problem was not with the sleep sacks in general but with this particular one because of the applied flower. http://www.cpsc.gov/en/recalls/2013/halo-sleepsacks-wearable-blankets-recalled/
- A series of safe sleep education DVDs are available and can be purchased from Tomorrow's Child/Michigen SIDS. You may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an order form or additional information.