Become a digitalPLUS subscriber. $12 for 12 weeks.
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 © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
    Related Content
    • The ABCs of creating a chic nursery
      The ABCs of creating a chic nursery

      Gone are the days when an infant's room had to be pastel. Today's babies are more likely to hang out in room that's black or gray and accented with pops of color and sparkling accessories.

    • Reaching out to survivors
      Reaching out to survivors

      Thanks to Andrea K. McDaniels for her compassionate reporting on the trauma experienced by survivors of those who have been killed in violent crimes ("Relatives of Baltimore murder victims struggle with grief," Dec. 20). The collaborative effort in the Upton-Druid Heights area to support the...

    • Media put police at risk
      Media put police at risk

      In light of the execution of New York City Police Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos by a gunman with a Baltimore connection, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake might want to reconsider her response to Commissioner Anthony Batts' statement following the recent shooting of Officer Andrew Groman...

    • Protests encouraged the attack on NYPD officers
      Protests encouraged the attack on NYPD officers

      The recent demonstrations against the killing by police of unarmed black men seemingly overlooked the fact that both the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases involved criminal activity.

    • Blame Michael Brown, not police
      Blame Michael Brown, not police

      Could it be that the tragic killing of two policemen in New York City in addition to the shooting of a Baltimore police officer last week could have been prevented had the evidence on which the grand jury decisions were made been better publicized ("Justice department officials condemns...

    • When will voters realize deficits aren't in their interest?
      When will voters realize deficits aren't in their interest?

      Of course Maryland's deficit isn't new ("In Md., deficits are nothing new," Dec. 21).

    • On transit, Hogan just doesn't get it
      On transit, Hogan just doesn't get it

      Larry Hogan has indicated that when he takes office the Red Line and Purple Line rail projects will likely get the ax. At a speech in Bethesda this month he said the state's priorities are out of whack.

    • Don't blame single parents
      Don't blame single parents

      It is hard not to respond to the assumptions made in the rather sarcastic letter on the plight of inner-city Baltimore ("The root cause of inner-city poverty and violence: Single parenthood," Dec. 22). Actually, it hurt me to read these accusations when so much is being done to improve our...