Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Sudden unexplained death of an infant

What puts a Baby at Risk and Ways to Prevent SIDS

Babies being born premature or babies who live with smokers are at more of a risk than other infants. Also, mothers who are 20 or younger, smoke, or drink alcohol put their babies in risk. There are no ways that you can really prevent SIDS, but there are ways to lower the risk of SIDS. You can lay the infant on their back when they sleep, keep as little as possible in the crib, and don't let the infant overheat.

Statistics about SIDS

Of all the infants that died in 2013, 45% of infants died from SIDS. SIDS happens between 1 month to 1 year. It sometimes is more common in boys than girls. Also, the rate of SIDS are going down since 1994. It can happen in infants that seem very healthy.

Symptoms aren't always noticeable. Death mostly happens during sleep.

What you should do or who you should call if you think your baby is affected by SIDS

If your infant is affected by SIDS, you should call your childcare provider to get more information about SIDS.