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Sleep Sacks EOH

Sleep Sacks EOH

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Babies born at Trinity Health are now sleeping safer.

Every baby born is wrapped in what's called "a sleep sack." Carla Burbidge explains in this week's Eye on Health.

Newborn babies Allejandro and Sofie are just hours old. Born at Trinity Health, each baby is dressed in a wearable blanket called a sleep sack. Since May, every baby born at Trinity has been given one. Even premature babies.

There is a 6.4 percent mortality rate for babies- a risk factor is loose clothing or blankets.

Lisa Holtzclaw, Director of Women's and Children' s Services, "it's a recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics, not to have any loose clothing or blankets to prevent SIDS"

The Sleep Sack was invented by a man who lost a baby to Sudden Infant Death. Trinity is the first hospital in central North Dakota to begin using them.

Sevda Raghib, Nurse Manager, Labor and Delivery "you wrap the baby, you can unzip it for a diaper change, and then you just snuggle them back in"

It's recommended that babies use a sleep sack until they are 11 pounds, or beginning to move around so that they can remove a blanket from their face. Other recommendations for babies: put them to sleep on their backs, make sure crib sheets are tight, no toys in the crib, and babies should not sleep with parents, they should have their own space. The loss of a baby is a horrible thing, and Trinity is doing what it can to prevent such a tragedy.

For Eye on Health, I'm Carla Burbidge

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