American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and SIDS

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and SIDS

Since 1931 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has been working tirelessly to ensure the health and safety of American babies. Their opinions and recommendations regarding infant safety have been adopted by numerous countries around the world. They are in fact the world’s most preeminent authority on infant welfare and safety.

They are currently facing an uphill battle as they endeavor to contain and eliminate a nationwide outbreak of measles. An outbreak achieved in part by parents who disavow lifesaving vaccines that science has handed down to us. Their work is never done.

One of their greatest accomplishments was helping to reduce the number of SIDS related infant deaths. The AAP along with other governmental child agencies introduced the “back to sleep” campaign in 1994. As a result of their efforts the number of SIDS related deaths has been reduced by over half.

However, since the introduction of the “back to sleep” campaign in the mid 90’s the SIDS rate has remained fairly consistent. No further breakthroughs have occurred to reduce this rate over the past two decades.

In the AAP’s “2016 Updated Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment”, they do acknowledge the potential benefits of air permeable sleep surfaces for babies who may roll onto their tummy’s during the night.

The AAP’s statement regarding air permeability should not be taken lightly by the pediatric medical community or the general public. This is quite a departure from the position they’ve held for the past many decades, which was for babies to sleep on a firm mattress with a tight-fitting sheet. The AAP’s most recent position seems to recognize the fact that crib mattress technology has evolved. That the time has arrived to the let the science behind breathable sleep systems speak for itself.

We at Breathe Easy Baby are 100% convinced that our breathable sleep systems are the gold standard for safe sleep for infants and toddlers. Our passive air flow technology could in fact help to reduce the number of SIDS related infant deaths.

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