What is SIDS?
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden death of an infant under the age of 1 that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation has been conducted, including a complete autopsy, an examination of the death scene and a review of the clinical history.
Is my baby at risk?
Most SIDS deaths happen in the winter months and the most common cases are found in infants between two and four months of age. SIDS cannot be prevented and it happens without warning but there is always a way to reduce the risk of SIDS.
What can I do to reduce the risk of SIDS?
- Place your baby on his or her back to sleep. Babies who usually sleep on their backs and are then placed on their stomachs, even for a nap, are at a very high risk of SIDS. Stay consistent and make sure that everyone who cares for your baby also uses the back to sleep position.
- Use a firm crib mattress without toys, stuffed animals, bumper pads, extra blankets and pillows.
- A one-piece sleeper is perfect to sleep in. Remove bibs, hats, as well as other clothing with ties and hoods.
- No smoking near pregnant women or infants. Babies who are exposed to cigarette smoke (even on clothing or in a room that was exposed to cigarette smoke) have an increased risk of dying from SIDS.
- Breastfeed your baby. It is recommended to breastfeed exclusively. However, any breastfeeding has been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS.
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