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Use of Soft Bedding and Other Soft Surfaces

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Soft sleep surfaces and loose bedding have long been known to be risk factors for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID) and are a particularly high-risk factor in deaths coded as accidental suffocation and strangulation (ASSB). While the use rate of supine sleeping has decreased with the safe to sleep campaign, soft bedding remains prevalent. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that infants sleep on a firm, flat surface with no loose bedding, pillows or bumpers; however, there are frequently barriers to adherence for each of these recommendations. In this chapter, we review the basis for each of these recommendations as well as potential barriers to adherence and strategies for helping families comply with placing infants in a safe sleep environment.

Keywords

  • Soft bedding
  • Pillows
  • Bumpers
  • Positioners
  • Infant safe sleep
  • Inclined sleepers

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Carlin, R. (2020). Use of Soft Bedding and Other Soft Surfaces. In: Moon, R. (eds) Infant Safe Sleep. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-47542-0_8

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