Unlimited Access. Try it Today! Your First 10 Days Always $0.99

Readers Respond

News Opinion Readers Respond

Keep babies safe, not just stylish

The recent feature article regarding nurseries ("Making rooms for baby," March 10) provides nice design advice, but it fails to provide safe advice for a sleeping newborn. Many of the photographs in the article highlight unsafe cribs.

In the Baltimore metropolitan area alone in 2011, 18 infants died suddenly and unexpectedly in unsafe sleep positions. These typically healthy, happy newborns were placed to sleep on their stomachs, in adult beds, or in cribs full of unnecessary bumpers, blankets and animals. Over the past 10 years, we have found that infants placed "safe to sleep" under the ABC guidelines — Alone, on their Back and in a Crib are much less likely to die suddenly and unexpectedly.

Crib bumpers, soft mattresses and blankets are not necessary and potentially harmful. Parents need to remember that the most dangerous place for young infants to be put to sleep is an adult bed. More than half of all these sudden and unexpected deaths occur in adult beds. By creating a safe sleep environment in the parents' room for the first few months of life, breast-feeding can be supported and the baby is less likely to die.

There is nothing more tragic than finding a healthy infant dead in an unsafe sleep position, and no parent should choose fancy design over a safe place for the infant to sleep.

Dr. Scott Krugman, White Marsh

The writer is president of the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.

  • Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts
  • Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
    Related Content
    • Police must show respect
      Police must show respect

      Having worked very closely with the Baltimore City homicide squad in the early 1970s, I was impressed by the professional demeanor of the officers as they underwent the often gruesome duties of investigating murders and catching those responsible. Even individuals suspected of being serial killers...

    • Discuss end-of-life decisions while you're still healthy
      Discuss end-of-life decisions while you're still healthy

      We recently started a community conversation regarding the use of advanced directives in Howard County, so Jason Lieborwitz's recent commentary "Don't wait until it's too late to discuss your medical care" (April 22) was a very timely read.

    • Cardin right to support Israel
      Cardin right to support Israel

      In reading Yousef Munayyer's commentary ("Cardin, don't tie U.S. hands for Israel," April 21), a number of specious statements struck me as mandating a response.

    • Cheers to an act of sportsmanship
      Cheers to an act of sportsmanship

      With all that's wrong in today's world, the story about the run scored by the high school baseball player with autism helps to put life back into perspective ("Mount Carmel's Robbie Long scores his first run, with a little help from Friends," April 22).

    • For Earth Day, turn off the engine
      For Earth Day, turn off the engine

      I loved your Earth Day commentary and would like to suggest one more easy way we can help the environment: Let's have "No Idle" zones ("A Maryland-style Earth Day pledge," April 21).

    • Boycotters seek to hurt Israel
      Boycotters seek to hurt Israel

      On the eve of Israel's 67th Independence Day, it was particularly disturbing to read Yousef Munayyer's defense of the pernicious movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel ("Cardin, don't tie U.S. hands for Israel," April 21). Although Mr. Munayyer presents BDS as a legitimate method...

    Comments
    Loading

    50°