HealthLinks Charleston Sept/Oct 2022

www. Char l es tonPhys i c i ans . com | www.Hea l thL i nksChar l es ton . com | 61 INFANT SLEEP By the Numbers Babies need 12 TO 17 total hours of sleep each day, depending on their age. 25% of young children have sleeping problems or experience excessive daytime sleepiness. Up to 27% of children have minor and infrequent snoring. • Infants should be put to sleep alone, on their back and on a flat, firm surface. • Babies should not be in bed with Mom and Dad. • Eliminate hazards such as blankets, pillows, bumper pads and soft toys from the sleep area. • Urge mothers to breast-feed if they are able and not to rely on baby monitors that claim to prevent sudden infant death syndrome. • Cribs that are inclined should not be used; some have been recalled due to infant deaths. There are about 3,500 sleep-related deaths among babies each year in the United States. 22% of mothers reported not placing their baby on his or her back to sleep, as recommended. 39% of mothers reported putting their babies to sleep on soft bedding, which is not recommended. Nearly HALF OF ALL CAREGIVERS did not receive correct advice on safe sleep practices from health care providers. 61% of mothers reported bed-sharing with their baby. Toddlers need 11 TO 14 total hours of sleep each day. Premature babies may spend as much as 90% of their day asleep. To see if any of the products you use for your children and infants has been recalled, visit Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; American Academy of Pediatrics; Pediatrics; Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System; Sleep Foundation; and