10 tips to keep infants safe
October is Safe Sleep Awareness Month and the U.S. continues to have a higher infant mortality rate than any of the other 27 wealthy countries. The World Health Organization reports that a U.S.-born baby is almost three times more likely to die before the age of 1 versus babies born in Finland or Japan.
Of the many causes of infant mortality, one that is preventable is suffocation in an unsafe sleep environment. A majority of infant deaths related to sleep could be prevented if parents are empowered with the latest information and tools, such as those from The Baby Box Co., which aims to help new families by offering similar resources to those that have helped Finland reduce its infant mortality statistics over the past 80 years.
Ideal as a parent starter kit, Baby Boxes also serve as a safe sleep space for babies. While parents can use the products inside and the portable safe sleep space, it’s the parenting education they receive through the company’s online program, Baby Box University, that is key to keeping babies safe.
“Whether you are a first time parent or have many children, it’s important to continually update yourself on medical recommendations for safe sleep,” said Dr. Dyann Daley, a pediatric anethesiologist and founder of the nonprofit organization Predict, Align, Prevent Inc. “Sometimes, well-meaning medical professionals may not be aware of current best practices. These tips, based on recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, can help give babies a safe start in life.”
One of the best ways to help your baby learn a wonderful vocabulary is to read to them. We want to encourage our readers to read to their babies, even while still in the womb. Read to your baby every day and she will hear your nurturing voice and know how loved she is. As she grows older during her first year, she will learn the words you read to her, she will begin to copy your words and mimic your voice, which will help build her vocabulary as she explores the world of babble which will eventually lead to talking.
Communication is important and it’s never too soon to start teaching your baby how to communicate effectively with others. To help encourage new parents to take time to read to their children, we are offering a contest!
Submit Your Baby Story (intended to be read to infants) to us and one lucky winner will be selected! The winning story will be published in a free eBook to be enjoyed by all of our readers of Natural Baby Magazine. Contest ends November 12, 2017. Winner will be notified via email and announced on our website and social media networks. Author’s retain all rights to their work and will grant onetime eBook publication rights to Natural Baby Magazine.
For more information and to submit your baby story, visit our website at www.NaturalBabyMag.com/contest.html
Being a parent means looking out for your kids. When they were small it meant making sure they wore a helmet, crossed the street carefully and wore sunscreen. As they get older, the health challenges they face change. As they become adolescents, you can’t always be with them, so you warn against things like the dangers of alcohol and drugs and sharing too much on social media. But what about human papillomavirus (HPV) — a virus that can cause certain cancers and diseases? Learning about health risks your children may be exposed to as adolescents or young adults that can affect them later in life is the first step toward helping to protect them.
You may have heard about HPV, but you may not be aware of the impact it may have. As your children become adolescents it’s more important than ever to be their health advocate and learn about potential future health concerns, including HPV.
Here are five HPV facts for parents:
As a parent you never stop looking out for your kids, and the more we learn about health risks for our children, the more we can do to help protect them as they grow up. Take action now, while you are still managing your adolescent’s health care. Speak with your child’s doctor for more information and be sure to ask about ways to help prevent HPV-related cancers and diseases, including vaccination.
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