By Sarah Te Slaa, Multimedia Producer/ Anchor - email
The Halo Sleep Sack helps reduce the risk of SIDS.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the leading cause of death in babies. October is SIDS Awareness Month.
To help reduce SIDS cases in Siouxland, Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City sends home a special sleep sack with parents.
Nurses at Mercy use special wearable blankets on every baby in their nursery. They're called Halo Sleep Sacks.
"We always did the tight burrito wrap with the blankets, but as they get a little bit older they start kicking out of those and the concern was that the blanket could actually cover the face," says Reba Parkhill, an RN at Mercy's Birth Center.
The Halo sleep sacks keep that from happening when babies are most susceptible to SIDS which is when they sleep.
"It's not going to come off or get in their face," says Parkhill.
Just like a pair of pajamas, the baby is zipped in and wrapped up.
"It has Velcro so that you can sung it tight to the baby or you can have it loose," says Parkhill. "You don't want them to get overheated either and it leaves the hips and the legs free."
Because the hospital believes in the sleeps, parents get one free to take home.
"Here at Mercy we believe safety is utmost and we want our parents to know that, so what better way to learn that than to model that behavior when they are here in the hospital," says Parkhill.
The wearable blankets provide comfort to parents and babies.
"The babies seem to sleep well with them and they are comfortable," says Parkhill. "It works."
The Halo sleep sack is one way to help reduce the risk of SIDS.
The CDC says to always place a baby on their back to sleep. Use a firm mattress with a fitted sheet. Take out the baby bumpers, blankets, toys, and other things in the crib. A baby should always sleep alone and in a crib, not in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair. Don't let a baby get too hot while they sleep.
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