Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
“Health care providers and researchers don’t know the exact causes of SIDS, but they do know methods to help reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related SUID” According to the CDC, these include the following:
• Always place babies on their backs to sleep for every sleep.
• Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib, covered by a fitted sheet.
• Have the baby share your room, not your bed. Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else.
• Keep soft objects such as pillows and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area.
• Prevent exposure to smoking during pregnancy and after birth because these are important risk factors for SIDS
What everyone needs to know about SIDS: You may wish to share this info with other new parents, grandparents, babysitters and child care providers.