What is SIDS?

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, is the sudden, unexplained death of a baby — younger than 1 year of age — during sleep for no clear reason.

How can I reduce the risks of SIDS?

You can reduce the risk of SIDS by following these tips:

  • Always place your baby on his or her back for naps, going to sleep at night and all other times of sleep. Avoid the side position.
  • Use a safety-approved crib with a firm, tight-fitting mattress as well as a tight-fitting sheet.
  • Keep all soft objects such as toys, crib bumpers, loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area.
  • Consider using sleep clothing such as wearable blankets, sleepers or sleep sacks as alternatives to blankets.
  • If sleeping in the same room, keep your baby’s sleep area separate from your own. Babies should always sleep in their own crib or bassinet.
  • Make sure your baby doesn’t become too hot or overheated by too much clothing. Also, avoid keeping the room too warm.
  • Do not place cribs in an area where people are smoking or let anyone smoke around your baby.
  • Give babies plenty of supervised “tummy time” when awake, so that they can develop the necessary muscles for rolling over.
  • Educate relatives, caregivers and baby sitters about these important safety tips.

Once babies can roll over both ways which generally happens around six months, they may not want to stay on their backs. That’s OK. It’s fine to let your baby choose which sleep position she prefers once she knows how to roll over.

For additional information and guidelines visit American Academy of Pediatrics or The National Health Institute.

Sources: www.aap.org, www.webmd.com, www.nichd.nih.gov