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SIDS

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According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services SIDS is the sudden, unexplained death of a baby younger than 1 year of age that doesn’t have a known cause even after a complete investigation. There is no sure way to prevent SIDS, but parents and caregivers can take these steps to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death:

  • Always place a baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night, to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Use a firm sleep surface, covered by a fitted sheet, to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death.
  • Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else.
  • Keep soft objects, toys, and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death.
  • To reduce the risk of SIDS, women should: Get regular health care during pregnancy, and do not smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs during pregnancy or after the baby is born.
  • To reduce the risk of SIDS, do not smoke during pregnancy, and do not smoke or allow smoking around your baby.
  • Breastfeed your baby to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Give your baby a dry pacifier that is not attached to a string for naps and at night to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Do not let your baby get too hot during sleep.
  • Do not use home heart or breathing monitors to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Give your baby plenty of Tummy Time when he or she is awake and when someone is watching.

Credit: National Institute of Health


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