Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Fact 1: Causes
While the exact cause is not known, it commonly occurs while the infant is sleeping; this the nickname 'crib death'. It happens unexpectedly, and can affect even the healthiest of babies. However African American babies are twice likely to experience SIDS compared to Native American babies, how are three times as likely to experience it than Caucasian infants. There is no single significant factor of SIDS but a compilation of multiple factors that will increase the risk of an infant to die.
Fact 2: Bedding
The best kind of bed for an infant is a firm mattress, with no sheets. This will prevent the baby from suffocation while sleeping. Don't let your baby bring any toys into the crib, make sure to keep the crib bare. If you chose to use sheets, make sure the blanket is not able to stretch over your baby's head. Make sure it is not to thick, but a light blanket.
Fact 3: Sleeping
Fact 4: Prevention
There are many ways to prevent the risk of Sids, like the ones mentioned above, and as follows:
Do not smoke, drink or take drugs while pregnant
Tobacco smoking should never happen around an infant
keep the baby cool at night, to prevent overheating
Swaddle your baby
Make sure the baby's crib is located in your room so it is easily accessible.
Use a pacifier when the baby sleeps.