Sudden Infant Death Syndrome – SIDS

Inftants who die suddenly for unknown reasons are suspected to have died from SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Although instances of SIDS have decreased in recent years, it still remains the leading cause of death in the U.S. for infants aged a few weeks to 12 months.

According to some experts, putting an infant to sleep with a pacifier and placing their beds in their parent's room (but not in the same bed) may reduce the risk of SIDS.

 

Some important risk factors are:

  • Sleeping on the side or tummy
  • A sleeping surface that is too soft
  • Bedding that is not snug
  • Overheating the baby
  • Mothers who smoke
  • Bed sharing or co-sleeping
  • Pre-term and low-weight babies

If you have any concerns, please discuss them with your physician.

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