Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: What Every Parent Needs to Know about SIDS

What can you do to lower your baby's risk of SIDS?

While there is currently no way to predict which babies will die from SIDS, there are ways to lower the risk of SIDS:

  • Wait at least one year after you give birth before you get pregnant again: The shorter the interval between pregnancies, the higher the SIDS rate.
  • Get good prenatal care, including proper nutrition, no smoking or drug and alcohol use, and frequent medical checkups beginning early in pregnancy.
  • Breastfeed your baby.
  • Don't allow anyone to smoke around your baby.
  • Place your baby to sleep on her back at night and at naptime, unless advised otherwise by your baby's physician.
  • Place your baby on a firm mattress, such as in a safety-approved crib or other firm surface.
  • Remove all fluffy and loose bedding, such as fluffy blankets or other coverings, pillows, quilts and stuffed toys, from your baby's sleep area.
  • Keep your baby's face clear of coverings.
  • Be careful not to overheat your baby, especially when sleeping. Keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for you.
  • Try to avoid exposing your young baby to people with respiratory infections. Ask people to wash their hands before holding or playing with your baby.
  • Take your baby for regular well-baby checkups and routine immunizations.
  • Educate grandparents, babysitters, day care providers and everyone who cares for your baby about SIDS risks.


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