The reality of Sudden Infant Syndrome has become a cause for concern, and many new parents are doing all they can to keep their babies safe. It is quite shocking to wake up to the reality that a few weeks or months old baby died in the dark of the night. As the menace looms large, a possible remedy seems to be creeping into use. Baby boxes are be considered as a new way of reducing the threat SIDS. They appear to be an efficient wait of dealing with the predicament and reshaping baby products industry, although they are as well attracting different thought among elites.
Jernica Quinones witnessed the effects of this problem in her neighborhood, something, which send her seeking for solution to safeguard her baby. She took part in a program promoting safe sleep education by the distribution of baby boxes in New Jersey. However, Jernica says that there are mothers out there who cannot buy a crib or pack-n-play for their baby, hence end up bed sharing with their infants. This is one of the principal causes of SIDS.
Among the things she learned in the program is that besides using the baby boxes, breastfeeding, and avoiding putting teddy bears away in the crib can also help fight SIDS. Despite being a mother of five, these things were new to her.
In the United States, there are almost 3,500 sudden infant deaths every year. This rate had plunged after the launch of a campaign in 1994 that aimed at urging parents to put their baby to sleep on their backs. However, the rate has been hiking steadily again, and bed sharing is termed as one of the primary risk factors associated with the problem. Baby boxes have been used in Finland for well long enough now.
The Finnish program is known as baby box or the maternity package, and it involves the supply of these boxes by the government to mothers getting prenatal checkup. The package comprises of the box, clothing and other supplies. The program has seen significant advantages in the country, thus reducing the rate from 1 out of ten infant deaths, to become one of the world’s leading low child mortality countries. This way of things is making its way into the US, although it is used as a postpartum safe sleep training incentive rather a prenatal one.
In its case, the baby boxes offered in the US have a firm mattress and come with a tight fitting sheet, an onesie, breastfeeding accessories, wipes, and diapers. It is no doubt this is going to offer a significant change in the baby products business industry by providing ample, widespread market. However, the real motive behind this project is communicating the message. Although these boxes can be used for up to six months, SIDS is most likely to strike between two to four months.
According to the chair of New Jersey Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board, Dr. Kathryn McCans, this is all about getting the message to the people. She adds that this way the number of infant deaths can be significantly reduced.
However, Dr. Rachel Moon, the SIDS researcher located at the University of Virginia says that baby boxes are not as sturdy as bassinets, and those manufacturing companies need to do more. Moon says that these companies should ensure they are making safe products for the purpose. Besides, she states that she is not all into the boxes themselves, but the education, as the boxes are only there to ensure equality.
Since the process of learning about the safety of infants and use of these boxes is available mostly in online videos, there is also skepticism that this may not offer the most efficient approach. According to Dr. Kristi Watterberg, the chair of American Academy of Pediatrics’ committee, the people who need this information may not get it. She is worried that these mothers lack the necessary support, especially the social structure aid. Besides, she is also worried that these videos may replace prenatal care, which is central to healthy baby care.
This is evident in a recent study being conducted at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, which is also one of the cities with the highest infant mortality rates in the United States. It was discovered that despite receiving postpartum talks to mothers who delivered in the hospital concerning such problems, and the risk factors. In the next 72 hours, about 6.3 percent of the mothers still reported of bed sharing with their babies, despite the warning.
It is also evident that this is lower than the level of the national rate, where 11.2 percent of the parents are bed sharing with their seven months and younger babies. This is according to findings from the National Infants Sleep Position Study.
According to Dr. Megan Heere, the medical director of the well baby nursery at the hospital, the lack of a separate place for the baby to sleep is a major risk factor for parents to co-sleep with their your babies. On the same note, Heere explains her lack of confidence in the efficiency of the videos, as she believes they can be available, but people may not bother to watch them.
It is apparent that the use of baby boxes comes with its fair share of advantages and drawbacks. However, if there is one sure thing about the utilization of these boxes, it is the fact that these will bring about more observation in the safety of baby products. Moreover, it is also evident that they will further boost baby products industry, as their purchase and other essentials they come with will increase the market for the manufacturers.
The word about use and efficiency of these boxes and their message is going everywhere, although it is inevitable that the use of videos to educate parents along them is met with mixed reactions, especially among different baby care specialists and doctors. Only time will tell concerning the impact these boxes will have to the control of SIDS, on the baby products business industry and for the society.