Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
What is SIDS?
What puts a baby at risk?
Being born prematurely or at a very low birth weight
Being born to a mother under the age of 20
Having a lot of siblings, especially if they are close in age
Suffering an apparent life-threatening event
Certain ethnic backgrounds
Being a boy
Examination of the death scene
Review of the symptoms or illnesses the infant had prior to dying
Any other pertinent medical history
Ways to prevent SIDS
- Prenatal care
- Put your baby on his or her back for sleep, even at naptime
- Place baby on his or her stomach while awake and under supervision
- Proper bedding
- Temperature control: Avoid overheating
- Same room / room-share
- Avoid bed-sharing
- Smoke-free environment
- Pediatric healthcare and immunizations
- Breastfeed your baby
- Home monitors for babies at risk
- Offering pacifiers during sleep time
Statistics about SIDS
- SIDS. About 1,500 infants died of SIDS in 2013.
- Unknown cause.
- Accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed
What you should do if you think your baby has SIDS
Go in for testing.