Mother Warns Other Parents About The Danger Of Putting Cuddly Toys In Kids’ Beds After Her 18-Month-Old Baby Was Smothered To Death In A Sleep

Date August 9, 2018 18:07

A number of baby suffocation deaths from co-sleeping with parents and cuddly toys rises every year. Maybe, it’s time to take some measures to stop the sad statistics?!

A loss mother decided to share her heartbreaking story to warn other parents about the danger of putting cuddly toys in kids’ beds.

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Alarming statistics

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, about 3,500 infants die every year in the US from sleep-related deaths, WebMD reported.

While several years ago most of the tragic cases related to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), now babies are mostly dying from accidental suffocation in a sleep.

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Experts recommend that parents should not share a bed with their babies, but they should share a bedroom to check whether a child is sleeping safely.

Another common parents’ mistake is putting cuddly toys in the same bed with a baby.

18-month-old baby was smothered to death in a sleep

The life of Dexy Leigh Walsh, from Scotland, turned upside down when she found her 18-month-old baby dead in her own bed. The baby girl, Connie Rose, was smothered to death by her 3-ft. toy – her favorite Teddy Bear.

Dexy used to place the toy in her daughter’s bed to prevent her from falling down the gaps. But one night, the 3-ft. toy fell on the baby girl as she slept. Connie passed away in a sleep.

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The loss mother decided to share her heartbreaking story to raise awareness among other parents. She also launched a Facebook page in memory of her late daughter.

Please move everything off your kids’ bed and away from the sides. They don’t need anything on their bed but a cover. I really hope my little princess' tragic story can save someone else baby's life.

This case is not a single one. A similar story happened to Jordan DeRosier, from Washington, who found her 7-month-old son suffocated after a blanket was left in his crib.

How to keep a child safe in a sleep

Some parents mistakenly think it’s OK when a child sleeps surrounded by teddy bears and cuddly toys. But is it really safe? 

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Here is a list of rules considering a baby safety sleeping every parent should learn by hard:

  1. Do not let babies sleep with pillow-like toys, blankets, quilts, crib bumpers at least until they are 3-4 years old.
  2. Do not share a bed with your baby, but share a bedroom to check whether a child is sleeping safely.
  3. Check your baby a couple of times during a night at least until he/her turns 12 months old.
  4. Do not nap with a baby on your chest.
  5. Couches and armchairs put infants at a high risk of sleep-related death through suffocation or being trapped between seat cushions.

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We ask all our readers to share this information with other parents. Make sure you follow all these important rules as well. Keep your children safe!

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The material in this article is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a certified specialist.

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