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RECOMMENDATIONS AND PRECAUTIONS


Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
and Other Infant Problems and Risks


1. MOTHER should take vitamins containing FOLIC ACID - BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER PREGNANCY.

2. BREAST FEED if possible.

3. DO NOT USE PHENOBARBITAL DRUGS (DONNATAL) FOR COLIC - this may induce APNEA.

4. DO NOT FEED AN INFANT HONEY.

5. ALWAYS PLACE A BABY ON THEIR BACK OR SIDE DURING SLEEP - this is also recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. If baby has problems spitting up, place infant at approximately 45 degree angle. This can be achieved by placing baby in infant/car seat.

6. INSURE YOUR CHILD CARE PROVIDER NEVER LETS BABY SLEEP ON STOMACH.

7. READ ALL DRUG WARNINGS COMPLETELY BEFORE YOU TAKE ANYTHING DURING PREGNANCY OR AT THE TIME OF CONCEPTION. If in doubt, do NOT take it without medical approval.

8. READ ALL DRUG WARNINGS COMPLETELY BEFORE YOU GIVE YOUR BABY ANYTHING.

9. NEVER PLACE BABY ON A WATERBED MATTRESS.

10. NEVER PLACE BABY ON EITHER VERY SOFT BLANKETS AND PILLOWS OUT OF CRIB.

11. DO NOT SMOKE DURING PREGNANCY.

12. DO NOT SMOKE AROUND BABY DURING FIRST YEAR AT HOME.

13. KEEP BABY COMFORTABLY COOL - do not overheat baby by swaddling, covering excessively, over dressing, or keeping home exceptionally warm. Recent research indicates the incidence of SIDS increase when temperatures exceed 57 degrees Fahrenheit.

14. TAKE AN INFANT CPR CLASS SO YOU WILL BE PREPARED TO HANDLE A POSSIBLE EMERGENCY SITUATION: i.e., choking, cardiac arrest, or breathing has stopped (indicated by baby starting to turn blue - usually around the mouth), BE PREPARED.

15. DO NOT co-sleep your baby with you, children, or others, and avoid letting your baby sleep in an adult bed.

     It is important that you be fully able to trust your doctor and that she/he listens CAREFULLY to you. DOCTORS DO NOT ALWAYS KNOW EVERYTHING - even though many want you to think othewise. DO NOT ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE OVERWHELMED BY ANY DOCTOR. YOU ARE IN CHARGE, AND YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR BABY'S WELL-BEING. DO NOT BE AFRAID TO SEEK OUT ANOTHER DOCTOR IF YOU FEEL YOU ARE BEING RUSHED, NOT LISTENED TI, TALKED DOWN TO, OR IN SOME OTHER WAY ARE RECEIVING LESS THAN THE BEST CARE. YOU, not the doctor, are the best EXPERT ib YOUR BABY. YOU are the BOSS.

     If you have any additional questions or concerns, the American Guild for Infant Survival would be happy to assist you in any way possible. If you would like a more accurate analysis for your baby, we do have a test which weighs each of the aove mentioned "traits". We are always looking to add to our data base in order to update our information. So, if you feel your baby is very low risk for SIDS, we would still be able to administer the test for our "control" group.

NEVER -- put baby to sleep on his/her tummy unless specifically recommended by a doctor. ALWAYS -- put baby to sleep on his/her BACK OR SIDE! The incidence of SIDS drops 25% to 50% for babies sleeping on their backs.


1. SIDS is generally not predictable nor preventable and not anyone's fault.

2. Even taking all the precautions does not rule out the possibility of SIDS.

3. For information, call 1-757-463-3845.

4. Memorial gifts to the non-profit agency go to research.

*A copy of the AGIS annual report may be obtained from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, Richmond, VA.




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