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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexplained death of an infant under the age of one year.  In the United States there are approximately 3,500 cases of SIDS every single year.  This is the third leading cause of infant mortality. 

To reduce the risk of SIDS, it is recommended to:

  1. Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep.
  2. Use a safety approved crib with a firm mattress.
  3. Remove all loose bedding, such as pillows, stuffed toys and other soft items from the crib.
  4. Don't let your baby become too warm.
  5. Make sure your baby's head is uncovered.
  6. Don't smoke while pregnant.
  7. Don't smoke around your baby and don't let anyone else smoke around your baby.
  8. Don't allow bed-sharing, even with siblings.
  9. Don't use bumper pads in cribs due to suffocation or strangulation hazards.
  10. Breastfeed your baby. Studies show breastfeeding can help reduce the risk of SIDS.
  11. Consider offering a pacifier after breastfeeding is established, at bed time and at nap time.
  12. Room-share with your baby, without bed-sharing.
  13. Don't use products claiming to reduce the risk of SIDS, including wedges and positioners.
  14. Take your baby for their wellness check appointments, including vaccinations.
  15. Maintain a safe sleep environment – safety approved crib, fitted sheet and firm mattress.

The video below provides more information about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and more regarding SIDS

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