SIDS: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Reduce your baby's risk of SIDS
Reducing the Risk of SIDS
- Put your baby to sleep lying on her back rather than stomach or side. This may reduce the risk of SIDS by 25 to 50 percent.
- Use a safety-approved crib with a snugly fitting, firm mattress. Additionally use only firm bedding—such as a well-fitted sheet—underneath your infant. Soft bedding, pillows, blankets, quilts, comforters, wedges, sheepskins, and stuffed animals may cause a dangerous buildup of carbon dioxide around a child’s face, increasing the risk of SIDS.
- Keep your baby’s environment smoke-free.
- Don’t allow your infant to get overheated with excessive bedding, clothing, or a room heater.
- Breastfeed your infant.
- Consider using a pacifier. A December 2005 report in the British Medical Journal states that infants who used a pacifier while sleeping had a 90 percent reduced rate of SIDS when compared to infants who slept without pacifiers.
- Educate grandparents and other caregivers about SIDS and ways to reduce the risk of SIDS.
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