About SIDS

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SIDS Definition:

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the sudden, unexpected death of an infant under one year of age that remains unexplained after a complete autopsy, thorough death scene investigation, and review of the medical history.

How to Reduce the Risk of SIDS:

* Back is Best – Full term, healthy infants should be placed on their back. Side sleeping is better than stomach sleeping but back is best.

* Bedding – Infants should sleep on a firm surface or mattress, preferably in an approved crib.

* Smoke Free – Mothers should not smoke during pregnancy and should keep infants in a smoke-free environment.

* Temperature – Infants should not be allowed to get overheated. Nursery
temperature should be no more than 70 degrees.

* Prenatal Care – Expectant mothers should get early and frequent prenatal care.

* Breastfeed – If possible, infants should be breastfed.

* Vaccinations – Make sure your baby gets all of their shots.

* Educate – Educate babysitters, daycare workers, and grandparents about reducing the risk of SIDS.

* Bed Sharing – Be aware that sharing your bed with a baby can be hazardous under some circumstances.

* Tummy Time – Tummy Time is important while the baby is awake.

The First Candle/SIDS Alliance does NOT endorse “wedges” and other so called “Risk Reduction” products currently on the market.

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