Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

What is SIDS?

Unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby under the age of one. Sometimes known as crib death because the infants often die in their crib.

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


There usually isn't any signs. You put your baby to bed and the baby seems healthy, SIDS takes place when the baby is sleeping


  • An autopsy

  • 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.

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