SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME FACTS
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.
Next Support Group Meetings
January 17, 2008 – 7pm
February 21, 2008 – 7pm
March 20, 2008 – 7pm