Health Tip: Reduce Your Baby's Risk of SIDS03/17/11
(HealthDay News) -- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) occurs
when an infant under the age of 1 year dies without an explainable
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions on
how you can help reduce your baby's risk of SIDS:
- Make sure baby sleeps on his or her back, on a firm mattress in
a crib that meets government safety standards.
- Ideally, only use a fitted sheet in baby's crib. If you use a
blanket, carefully tuck it into the mattress. Also avoid crib
bumpers (unless they are thin, tightly secured and firm), and
pillows, quilts or comforters.
- Don't let baby sleep on a chair, couch, water bed, cushion or
- Set up baby's crib in your room, but don't let baby sleep in
- Make sure baby doesn't get too hot while sleeping. Keep the
room at a temperature that's comfortable for you.
- Don't smoke or allow anyone else to smoke around baby.
- Avoid products that claim to reduce an infant's risk of SIDS.
No product has been proven to do so, the academy says.
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