SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, is the unexplainable death of an infant that is one month to one year of age. In the United States, in 2014, about 1,500 infants died from SIDS. Each October, we can take the opportunity to raise awareness of SIDS and how we can reduce the risk.
“Doctors and researchers don't know the exact causes of SIDS. However, research shows that parents and caregivers can take the following actions to help reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death:
- Always place babies on their backs when putting them to sleep for naps and at night.
- Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib, covered by a fitted sheet.
- Share your room with your baby, 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.
- Do not smoke during pregnancy or around the baby because these are strong risk factors for SIDS. The risk of SIDS is even greater when a baby shares a bed with a smoker. To reduce risk, do not smoke during pregnancy, and do not smoke or allow smoking around your baby. For help in quitting, call the quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). “ (taken from http://www.cdc.gov/features/sidsawarenessmonth/)