"You will never again be exactly the same person you were prior
to the tragedy. but you will have an increased appreciation
for the miracle of an infant's life and an increased awarenss of
your own inner resources and strengths."
Judith Henslee, "The Daycare Worker:
Sharing the Pain of Loss"
AND SAFETY PERFORMANCE STANDARDS
Sleep Practices and SIDS Risk Reduction: This resource is
a compilation of 27 nationally recognized health and safety
standards on safe sleep and reducing the risk SIDS and accidental
suffocation in child care and early education settings. Taken
from Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety
Peformance Standards; guidelines for Early Care and Education
Programs, 3rd Edition, 2011 (CFOC3).
CPSC MANDATORY CRIB SAFETY
NOTE: The new CPSC mandatory standard for cribs
goes into effect June 28, 2011. Compliance with this rule for
child care facilities, family child care homes, hotels and other places of public accomodation is required by December 28, 2012.
For more information visit the
CPSC web site or the
Juvenile Products Manufacturer's Association website.
AAP RISK REDUCTION
Implementing policy on safe sleep and
following the American Academy of Pediatric's recommendations to
reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and other accidental
sleep related deaths is a powerful resource for both center based
and in home child care providers.
Click here to review those
HALO Safer Way to Sleep
Initiative: Childcare Program
The HALO SleepSack wearable blanket
replaces loose blankets in the crib that can cover a baby's face and
interfere with breathing. In use by over 800 hospital
nurseries, they are the easy, affordable and safe way to keep little
ones sleeping safely. HALO's Safer Way to Sleep Initiative
will provide affordable, reduced HALO SleepSack wearable blanket
pricing and free safe sleep literature to share with parents.
Click here to learn
more about this opportunity or to contact Nicole at HALO.
As child care
professionals, you have a responsibility and parents expect you to:
Know the standard of care.
Develop and maintain a policy
regarding safe sleep.
Be able to handle an infant medical
Setting policy on infant safe sleep
demonstrates to parent's that their baby's health and safety is your
first priority, educates staff, ensures consistent care, and most
importantly, may save the lives of babies!.
to to download guidance on safe sleep policies from the National
SIDS & Infant Death Program Support Center.
Unresponsive Infant Drills
Although SIDS does not occur often, it
is important for child care providers to be prepared in case of an
emergency situation involving an unresponsive infant. Similar
to practicing fire drills, the staff should be informed of, and
prepared to carry out, the steps included in an unresponsive infant
drill. The National SIDS & Infant Death Program Support Center
(NSIDPSC) has outline procedures to follow during the emergency and
after the emergecny. Click
here to print a sample drill from the NSIDPSC.
Iowa SIDS Foundation is available to present child care trainings
that include an overview of SIDS, current research models, the AAP
risk reduction recommendations, safe sleep policy, and unresponsive
infant drills. This training has been approved by the Iowa
Department of Human Services. To schedule a training, contact
the Foundation office at
or call 866-480-4741.