Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (S.I.D.S) is a sudden and unexpected death of a healthy baby under the age of one year of age that occurs while baby is asleep. It is not completely understood why babies die from SIDS.
There are some things you can do to help reduce the risk of SIDS.
*Always have your baby sleep on their back.
It’s important that your baby’s head does not get covered during sleep.
*Breastfeed your baby.
It is best for you to have your baby sleep in their crib, in your room for the first six months. You increase the risk of SIDS when you sleep with your baby especially if parent or caregiver smokes, has been drinking alcohol, is taking sedating drugs or overtired.
*Create a smoke-free environment for your baby, and do not expose them to second-hand smoke.
Exposure to tobacco smoke before and after babies are born have an increased risk of SIDS. Pregnant women should not smoke or be exposed to second-hand smoke.
*Don’t let your baby get to warm.
Be sure to take your baby out of snowsuits and other heavy clothing while they sleep. If their cheeks are flushed and are sweating your baby is too warm.
*Every baby should sleep on a firm and flat surface.
Be sure bedding is not too loose an do not use pillows, stuffed toys and quilts in their sleep area.
*Flat head in babies can be prevented by making sure they have supervised tummy time when they are awake.
Tummy time helps your baby develop neck, back, and trunk muscles. Only place your baby on their stomach when they are awake and someone is supervising them.