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Sleep positioners were originally designed after the Safe Sleep community began urging parents to place infants on their backs in order to decrease the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  Sleep positioners come in a variety of different designs but their design purpose is to keep an infant on his or her back.

Unfortunately, the unintended consequence of this product was to introduce yet another soft device into an infant’s sleep environment increasing the risk of suffocation.

Safe Sleep experts have long held that sleep positioners only increase the possibility of an infant dying due to either SIDS or accidental suffocation caused by the soft product.

To reduce the risk of sleep-related infant deaths, including accidental suffocation and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants sleep on their backs, positioned on a firm, empty surface. This surface should not contain soft objects, toys, pillows, or loose bedding.

Once an infant can freely roll, he should be allowed to adopt whatever sleep position he prefers.


The Huffington Post has a good article on what is referred to as the “Latino Paradox”.

According to the Huffington article, Infant mortality has received a bit more attention than lifespan because the data has long been available, and because the United States’ infant mortality rate ranking is 177th in the world, worse than the United Kingdom, Slovenia and Monaco.

Nationally, the white infant mortality rate was 5.6 per 1,000 births in 2007, the most recent year for which data are available. White Americans also have the nation’s highest average income and education levels, markers usually associated with good health.

Average Latino education and income levels are closer to those of African Americans. But the difference between the infant mortality rate for most Latinos (Puerto Ricans are the exception) and the black rate is vast. There were 5.5 per 1,000 Latino infants born in 2007 who died before their first birthday. That same year, 13.3 per 1,000 black children died in their first year.

There has not been enough research done on this particular area. Speculation is that the healthy diet of Mexican rich in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in fast food and the tight family structure may play a significant role in the lower infant mortality.

However, infant deaths do still occur within the Mexican population. As educators, it is our role to train new parents and caregivers in the most recent news in infant safety while being culturally sensitive.

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