Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

What is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)?

SIDS is the sudden, unexplained death of an infant younger than one year old. It is not caused by any vaccine, not indications of bad parenting

What are the risk factors?

  • Stomach sleeping position
  • Sleeping on a soft surface
  • Overheating
  • Mothers under 20 year old
  • smoking during pregnancy
  • no prenatal care
  • low birth weight babies

How can I reduce the SIDS risk?

Certain things can help reduce the risk of SIDS:

  • Always place babies on their backs to sleep –Babies who sleep on their backs are less likely to die of SIDS than babies who sleep on their stomachs or sides.
  • Use the back sleep position every time – eg.during a nap,
  • Place your baby on a firm sleep surface, such as a safety-approved crib mattress covered with a fitted sheet – Never place a baby to sleep on a pillow, quilt, sheepskin, or other soft surface.
  • Keep soft objects, toys, and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area –Don’t use pillows, blankets, quilts, sheepskins, or pillow-like bumpers in your baby’s sleep area. Keep all items away from the baby’s face.
  • Avoid letting your baby overheat during sleep –Dress your baby in light sleep clothing and keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for an adult.
  • Think about using a clean, dry pacifier when placing your baby down to sleep, but don’t force the baby to take it. (If you’re breastfeeding, wait until your child is 1 month old, or is used to breastfeeding before using a pacifier.)
  • Don’t allow anyone to smoke around your baby

Modified from healthycanadians site