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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.