DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The state’s hospital association and the state health department are urging Ohio’s hospitals to monitor new guidelines for infant safety. For new parents, sleep sacks are the newborn uniform.
Because Ohio has one of the country’s highest mortality rates, ranking 47th, this big initiative is the result of too many babies dying from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS and other sleep related deaths. The recommendation is the sleep sacks. Wrapping babies in soft cloth cocoon-like outfits that snugly keep them comforted as they sleep, but limit the potentially life threatening extra material that could smother their tiny bodies. That includes blankets that can loosen when babies move around or squirm, trapping the cloth over their heads.
Nytalia Petestone delivered her baby Najoure at Miami Valley Hospital last Saturday. Her 2-month-old daughter died in 2008 ago from SIDS. She says baby Najoure is a blessing but the sleep sack brings back memories of her little girl. She wonders if her short life could have been saved if she had been placed in one.
Miami Valley Hospital will soon start sending a sleep sack home with new parents. Hospitals within the Kettering Health Network are also using the sleep sacks in their birthing departments and Dayton Children’s Medical Center is on board as well. Najoure and his mom are being released from the hospital Monday.