SIDS: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Reduce your baby's risk of SIDS
Back to Sleep
Evidence increasingly supports placing infants on their backs (supine position) during sleep to reduce the risk of SIDS. Campaigns encouraging parents to put their infants to sleep on their backs have dramatically reduced these unexplained deaths. Sleeping on the side also reduces the SIDS risk, though not as much as supine positioning.
This recommendation is for healthy infants only. Those with upper airway anomalies, gastro esophageal reflux, or other problems may or may not benefit from sleeping on their backs. Parents should discuss these special situations with their child’s doctor.
Supine sleeping may cause flat spots on the back of the head. This is a cosmetic concern and does not require treatment. Changes in head shape can usually be prevented or treated by alternating the head position during sleep. Changing the baby’s orientation to outside activity such as the door to the room often accomplishes this. Babies should also spend time on their stomachs when they are awake.
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