Jonesboro pediatric hospitalist warns about co-sleeping

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) — A 2020 study from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences shows that Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) is the leading cause of death in children from birth to one year of life.

dr. Hilliary Sismondo, a pediatric hospital physician at St. Bernards Medical Center, said it is a parent’s worst nightmare to wake up with their child not breathing.

“Often it’s not until they wake up the next morning and realize they choked their child while they were sleeping,” said Dr. sismondo.

dr. Sismondo said sleeping with your baby puts them at greater risk of suffocation from either falling between the bed frame and the wall, sleeping under duvets, blankets and pillows not intended for babies, or a parent accidentally sitting on top. their baby is sleeping. child.

To avoid putting your child at risk, the doctor said the child can sleep in a crib that is “within reach” of the bed, and can sleep in a swaddle or light sheet.

As a mom, she said she understands how exhausting waking up in the middle of the night can be with a newborn, adding that she “got out of bed and sat in a chair” to keep herself awake.

A Jonesboro mom says she tried to avoid sleeping with her son when he was a baby.

“Even with your best intentions, you really don’t live up to those expectations,” said Casey Kidd.

Kidd said her son would either sleep in a crib or swing in her bedroom, or use a DockATot for her son to sleep in to avoid choking, adding that some nights were hard for her to give him. to put in the cradle.

“You don’t want to do anything to endanger your child,” she said. “Sometimes when you feel them sleeping next to you, they are safest because you can put your hand on them and you can feel them breathing.”

Kidd reminds parents that they aren’t perfect and can’t always follow every line in the book, adding, “It’s okay to make mistakes.”

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