The American Academy of Pediatrics policy on Safe Sleep is intended to reduce the incidence of Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID). SUID is the 3rd leading cause of infant death nationally and in Kentucky.
SUID includes SIDS, suffocation, asphyxia, entrapment, and trauma. The most common risk factor for SUID and SIDS is an infant sleeping in an unsafe sleep environment. The most common sleep-related risk factors include: bed sharing or co-sleeping, sofa/couch sleeping, soft or loose bedding, soft objects in the bed, use of an adult bed, or infant placed in prone (stomach) or side laying position.
The AAP recommends supervised, awake tummy time daily to facilitate development and minimize the occurrence of positional plagiocephaly (flat heads).
This above information was taken from a memo dated July 23, 2013 from Dr. Ruth Shepherd to all WIC Coordinators and Breast feeding Coordinators.
The National Institute of Child Health & Human Development has more information available on its web page at http://www.nichd.nih.gov/SIDS