SIDS and Child Care Providers
Child Care and SIDS
Child care providers should be aware of and follow current recommendations concerning infant care. Twenty percent of SIDS deaths occur in child care settings. Many of these deaths occur during the first week of child care. Why this happens remains unclear, but child care related studies suggest unaccustomed tummy sleeping as a preventable risk factor, either by being placed on the tummy or by rolling over onto the tummy when this is not a usual sleep position.
One of the most effective strategies in reducing SIDS and accidental suffocations is to promote a safe sleep environment. Following the recommendations and promoting safe sleep can prevent deaths due to accidental suffocations, overlays and entrapment.
What Can A Child Care Provider Do to Help Prevent SIDS and Promote Safe Sleep?
What Should Not be Allowed in the Crib?
What if Parents Request the Baby Sleep on its Tummy?
In this case, child care providers must obtain written instructions from the baby’s physician before the baby can be placed in any position, other than on its back. The doctor must provide instructions on the medical condition and how the baby should be positioned, or if any positioning devices must be used.
Licensing Standards for Child Care Centers
For more information on licensing standards in Illinois, visit http://www.state.il.us/dcfs/daycare/index.shtml. Other states can view licensing standards at http://nrckids.org/index.cfm/resources/state-licensing-and-regulation-information.
SIDS and Infant Safe Sleep Training for Child Care Providers
In Illinois, licensed child care providers are required to receive training on SIDS risk reduction and infant safe sleep every three years to maintain licensure. Below are links to organizations that offer in-person or online training.
SIDS of Illinois, Inc. – www.sidsillinois.org
Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies – http://ilearning.inccrra.org/providers/illinois-dcfs-trainings.html
American Academy of Pediatrics – www.healthychildcare.org/SIDS.html
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