Archives for October 2014

October is SIDS Awareness Month: 8 Things Every Parent Should Know About SIDS

October is SIDS Awareness Month and our friends at HALO are asking for our help to spread the word about SIDS. Do you know that SIDS, suffocation, and sleep-related accidents are the No. 1 causes of infant deaths? If you didn’t know, then it’s time to read more about it and do something about preventing it from happening.

About SIDS
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the unexpected death of an infant less than 1 year of age. SIDS is the leading cause of death for otherwise healthy babies, and comes without warning. It is closely related to other accidents during sleep, like suffocation or strangulation due to loose bedding, and the like.

While the actual causes of SIDS are still unknown, researchers have found a high correlation between an infant’s sleeping environment and the risks of SIDS. Here are 8 things you should remember to keep your baby safe while sleeping:

1. Back is best.

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*Image Source: www.thissideupcampaign.org

Always place your baby to sleep on his back, regardless if it’s naptime or bedtime.

2. Create a safe sleeping area.

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Use a crib that meets current safety standards. The crib should have a firm mattress and a tight-fitting sheet, with nothing inside except your baby.

3. Remove all loose bedding.

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Remove all loose blankets, comforters, soft toys, and crib bumpers. These items can block the flow of fresh air to your baby and cause carbon dioxide re-breathing, which is a leading risk factor for SIDS.

4. Use a safety-certified wearable blanket or SleepSack.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the use of wearable blankets because they eliminate the risk of babies accidentally suffocating or strangulating with loose blankets. Since wearable blankets are safety products, it is important that you choose a brand that has safety certifications and is trusted by the medical community.

5. Happy babies sleep alone.

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Co-sleep in the same room, not on the same bed. Experts do not recommend sharing the same sleep surface with your baby in order to avoid accidental death from overlaying, suffocation from adult beddings, and other accidents.

6. Breastfeed, when possible.

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Apart from its other known benefits, breastfeeding reduces the risk of SIDS by up to 50%.

7. Do not let your baby overheat.

Make sure to use clothing made with breathable fabric to prevent overheating. In warm climates, wearing a SleepSack made in 100% cotton over light clothing is often enough to keep babies cozy warm and sleeping soundly through the night.

8. No Smoking around your baby.

Don’t smoke while pregnant, and never allow anyone to smoke near your baby.

Share these important safe sleep tips to everyone who cares for your baby, or anyone who has a baby! Education is key to keeping our babies safe! #SafeSleepPh .

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My Birthday Wish is to be MAD!

I’m 34 and I think I’m pretty happy with my life. Wait! That didn’t sound right. I AM HAPPY with my life. I am blessed with a loving family, a wonderful husband, a cute little daughter, good friends, a great team and supportive readers. I guess I’m in the point of my life where I want to give back to society, so with that…

My birthday wish is to be MAD or rather, to MAD or Make a Difference! And I hope you will join me after I share this story…

Enzo is the son of my friends, Me-ann and Ariel. M.A.D. for Enzo’s Cause was launched in October 2011 as a thanksgiving by my friends for the blessings that they have received. You see, Enzo was born with a hole in his heart but at 8 months, he was miraculously healed. Because of this, they decided to launch this cause which we named after him. This advocacy is something that they really want to spearhead since my friend, Me-ann also had the same conditions and needed and underwent an operation.

Make a Difference!

Make a Difference!

What they have done is they turned their son’s birthday parties into a fundraising event wherein family and friends give donations instead of gifts. Beneficiaries of their cause are social services patients –most of their expenses are paid for already through government support but they still have minimal costs to shoulder, ranging from P6,500 to P40,000.

To-date, the Becina family has helped a total of 17 kids of various ages coming from different parts of the country. They always try to visit these kids to get to know their story and to tell them about Enzo and Me-anne’s story. After three years of doing this, they are still doing it because it has become more than just a thanksgiving gesture now. It has become more of a mission to promote the act of paying it forward. What I admire most about this family is that they are the only family I know who is doing these things for these children.  “We may not be financially rich but we have a big heart overflowing with the desire to promote helping our fellowmen. I have always believed in the goodness of people. Imagine if every person would vow to help, I am sure that act of goodness will make a whole lot of difference in the world”, Me-ann said.

The Becina family has committed to a target of 50 kids by the time their son turns 7 (October 2017), they have been creative with their fundraising activities. “My son tried in the past to sell golden retriever pups, we gave away soda alkansya with the caption: “It takes only a little… to change a child’s life forever,” and soon, we will be launching our biggest project called Sponsor a Child Program wherein for only P10,000, not only do you get to sponsor a child but you also experience visiting the child with us. Each encounter may just last for about 20 minutes but it will definitely be life-changing”, Me-ann shares.

I have chosen to support this charity this year for my birthday. I hope that you can join me in making a difference! If you want to donate, please email me at ginger(at)mommyginger(dot)com and I will hook you up with Me-ann 🙂