Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as SIDS, is the name for sudden and unexplained death of an infant younger than a one year old. It is estimated that each year over 7,000 babies die from SIDS in the United States It strikes families of all races, ethnic and socioeconomic origins. Determining the cause of SIDS baffles scientist all over the world. Even though we don’t have solid answers yet, doctors have isolated several risk factors that may play a role in SIDS, such as: stress in a normal baby, caused by infection or other factors, a birth defect, failure to develop and or a period of rapid growth when babies are especially vulnerable.
Ways to prevent SIDS:
– Place babies on their back to sleep- this is the safest position for a baby to sleep in, placing them on their stomachs or sides nearly doubles the risk of SIDS.
– Avoid sleeping with your baby in the same bed – even if it’s just a day nap.
– Avoid smoking cigarettes during and after your pregnancy , protect your baby from second-hand smoke
– Keep soft objects, toys, and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleeping area- those items could potentially cover your baby’s face and cause suffocation.
– Place your baby on the firm surface, such as safety-approved crib mattress cover with fitted sheet
– Avoid letting your baby overheat during sleep- Dress your baby in light sleep clothing and keep room at a temperature that is comfortable for an adult.
– Make sure that your baby can move arms and legs freely during sleep.
For more information about crib safety visit: http://www.cpsc.gov/
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