Sun Risk Management Blog
Live Well, Work Well – October 2017
Hidden Dangers at Your Child’s Bedtime
Babies should always be put to sleep on their backs, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Yet, only 44 percent of U.S. mothers report they always use this method, according to a new study.
Sleeping on the back reduces a baby’s risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related dangers like suffocation. Because of this, the NIH has campaigned for over 20 years to promote this sleeping method.
Mothers who do not always put their babies to sleep on their backs cited baby comfort and family members’ advice as reasons against the safer sleep method. However, pediatricians stress that sleeping on the back is the safest position for babies, despite misinformation.
You can further protect against SIDS by sleeping in the same room (but not the same bed) as your baby. Ensure your baby sleeps on his or her back on a firm surface with a tight-fitted sheet. Do not give the baby pillows, blankets or anything that can cause suffocation.
10 Easy Halloween Safety Tips
|BAKED APPLES & SWEET POTATOES
5 sweet potatoes (cooked, nearly tender)
4 apples (cored, sliced)
½ cup brown sugar
½ tsp. salt
¼ cup margarine
1 tsp. nutmeg
¼ cup hot water
2 Tbsp. honey
Makes: 6 serving
Have a Healthy Halloween
Nutrition can be easily overlooked during a holiday best known for its abundance of candy and sugary treats. That is a shame, since about 1 in 5 school-aged children are obese, according to the CDC. This Halloween, consider being the one house on the block that offers healthy trick-or-treat alternatives.
Here are some store-bought snacks that can double as trick-or-treat offerings: