Friday, December 5, 2014

Safe Sleeping

Reminder:  The Walk-In Clinic is open Mon-Fri from 8 am to 9 am at the Naperville office.

We tend to think the U.S. is more advanced in healthcare than any other developed nation.  In many ways it is but when it comes to infant mortality, we’re one of the worst with SIDS still being the #1 cause of death in infants between 1 month to one year of age.  In this country, about 2,100 babies die each year from SIDS.   Statistically that comes to one baby dying EVERY four hours!
While the specific cause for SIDS is unknown, there are ways to reduce the risk. Cribs should be free of bumper pads, pillows, stuffed animals and fluffed blankets. 
In some states, retailers cannot sell bumper pads.  In fact the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP) recently began a “Say No To Crib Bumpers” campaign.   They have contacted major retailers such as Pottery Barn and Babies R Us asking them to stop selling crib bumpers but have received no response from them.  So now we ask you as parents to get involved because we know that crib bumpers are still sold here in Illinois.
On FaceBook you can contact these retailers by sending a direct message to
Here are some ways to significantly reduce the risk of SIDS:
·       Babies should sleep alone.   Babies who sleep with an adult have a 40 times greater risk of SIDS.
·       Babies should always be put down for sleep on their backs.  Those put to sleep on their stomachs have a 5 times greater risk.
·       Don’t smoke during pregnancy.  It increases the risk by 3 times. 
·       Breastfeed for any period of time.  It reduces the likelihood of SIDS by 60%!

To read more on this topic please go to:

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From the desk of Kim Gubbins, CPNP
Sneaky Sugar Truths
We know that childhood obesity has become an epidemic and an overwhelming problem in today's society. Approximately 20% of children are labeled as obese and that number is continuing to rise. There are many factors playing a role is this problem, with sugar and sugar sweetened beverages being a large culprit.
Kim Gubbins, CPNP

The American Heart Association advises a range between 3-6 teaspoons (12 - 25 grams) per day of daily added sugar for all children. I challenge you to start checking labels of the foods you commonly pack in your child's lunch or feed to them on a regular basis and I think you may be shocked. I would say that most children are consuming more than 3-6 teaspoons per day.

Sugar is sneaky and is added to foods we would never think had sugar, for example ketchup, breads, yogurt, pasta sauce and salad dressing. Or food items marked with "healthy" appearing labels like, "no high fructose corn syrup" or "100% whole grain." Sugar can be listed 61 different ways on an ingredient label. Different names include sucralose, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, maltose and rice syrup.
The facts are there, too much sugar not only makes overweight, it can make us sick. Too much sugar over time is linked to many diseases and many health related problems.

To obtain more facts about sugar in relation to our health, reference a new science based site at


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