Kim Kardashian is being chastised for the first picture of the newest addition to her family — and it has nothing to do with the baby’s unusual name.
On Friday, Kim, 37, shared the first photo of little Psalm West, snuggled up in white in his bow-bedecked crib.
But while most people were losing their minds over the name ‘Psalm,’ some eagle-eyed parents and doctors were more concerned with the newborn’s sleeping arrangements — and made sure to tell Kim what she was doing wrong.
Big reveal: Kim Kardashian’s baby name announcement for Psalm West, which was shared on May 17, caused quite a stir
Can you see what’s wrong? But some critics were less focused on the unusual name and more worried about how Psalm was sleeping
Tsk tsk: Several doctors tweeted that the boy’s crib set-up puts him at risk for SIDS
Scary stuff: The MDs pointed out that soft bedding, crib bumpers, blankets, and pillows can lead to tragic and unexpected death for newborns
Pay attention! One pediatrician shared tips for Kim and warned her that she influences the behavior of others
The picture Kim shared was part of a screenshot of text messages sent to her by her husband, Kanye West.
In the snap, which is taken from overhead, Psalm is wearing a knit hat and wrapped up in a white blanket.
He is placed on top of a cozy-looking cushion placed on top of the bed of the crib.
But while that coziness might look inviting to a bigger child or an adult, several commenters pointed out that it’s not the best for a baby. In fact, it could be deadly.
‘Rather concerned about the name. Rather more concerned about the mattressy pillow thing baby is sleeping on and the blankets covering the baby,’ wrote one, adding the hashtag #sids.
‘I can’t help it: all I can see are SIDS risks, it’s my job. Cot bumpers restricting air flow, loose covers and things under his head.’
Protect that baby! Non-medical professionals weighed in too, some with harsh criticism and others with helpful guidance
SIDS stands for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, the term for an unexplained death of an otherwise healthy baby, usually while he or she is in bed.
SIDS is thought to be caused by faulty brain signals that regulate breathing, but certain factors in a baby’s sleeping arrangements can increase the risk of death and exacerbate those breathing issues.
According to the Mayo Clinic, soft sleeping surfaces, overheating, and sleeping on the stomach or side all put a baby at risk.
Seeing Psalm apparently position on his side in a crib filled with cushions and blankets clearly set off alarm bells for some people, including several medical professionals.
‘Please please please go pay an overpriced “sleep consultant” to get all that unnecessary padding, bumpers, and blankets out of your child’s crib so they are not at risk for SIDS. I’ve tried and failed to resuscitate too many children that have died this way. Signed, An ER doctor,’ wrote Dr. Steve Carroll.
‘Congrats on your adorable baby,’ Dr. Jen Trachtenberg, a pediatrician, added. ‘As a pediatrician I just want parents to know the best way to reduce the risk of SIDS is to sleep on back, use firm crib mattress — no added blankets, pillows, bumpers, soft bedding, sleep positioners, plush toys.
Some experience: Psalm is the fourth child for Kim and Kanye West
Big family: They also have North, who turns six in June, three-year-old Saint, and one-year-old Chicago
‘As a huge social media influencer, @KimKardashian so many people follow you and it can be confusing when seeing these adorable baby images and then may think it’s safe to do for their own baby,’ she added.
And Dr. Ashely Alker wrote, ‘Congratulations on you baby!’ Please help promote safe sleeping for others and to keep your baby safe. Avoid SIDS.’
More people who were simply familiar with SIDS chimed in as well.
‘There are too many blankets, clothing and bumpers in that crib! Very dangerous for baby,’ wrote one.
‘Please follow safe sleep habits. It can reduce the risk of SIDS. Everything about this picture causes me anxiety,’ wrote another.
‘Newborns should not be sleeping with a cushion like that and those blankets… please learn about SIDS, you are wealthy enough. I don’t even have or want kids and I hear about this topic a lot from friends,’ said a third.
Kim has nor responded to the critiques.
WHAT IS COT DEATH AND HOW CAN IT BE PREVENTED?
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), or cot death, is the sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of an apparently healthy baby.
SIDS kills around 3,500 babies in the US and just under 300 in the UK every year.
It usually occurs within the first six months of an infant’s life and is more common in those born prematurely or of a low birth weight.
The cause of SIDS is unknown, however, it is associated with tobacco smoke, tangled bedding, co-sleeping with parents and breathing obstructions.
Prevent the risk by:
- Placing sleeping babies on their backs
- Keeping babies’ heads uncovered
- Sleeping in the same room as babies for the first six months of their lives
- Using a firm, flat, waterproof mattress in babies’ cribs
- Breastfeeding, if possible
- Smoke during pregnancy or in the same room as a baby
- Sleep on a bed or chair with an infant
- Allow babies to get too hot or cold. Temperatures between 16 and 20C should be comfortable
Source: NHS Choices