SIDS...and how to prevent them
What is SIDS?
SIDS stands for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and it is the unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby less than a year old. It is sometimes known as crib death because the infants often die in their cribs.
Show Me the Facts
- In 1992, it was recommended that all infants be placed on their backs while sleeping to prevent SIDS. After this recommendation, the number of cases of SIDS dropped 50%.
- Studies show that African-American infants are twice as likely to be affected and Native American infants are three times as likely to be affected by SIDS.
Some Rules to Follow
- When putting your baby to sleep, place the baby on their back in a crib with a firm mattress and tight fitted sheets. Make sure to clear out any soft objects like stuffed animals and blankets.
- Be sure to avoid overheating your baby. Make sure they have enough clothes on to keep them warm without a blanket, but not too warm.