Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: How to Reduce Your Baby’s Risk
Lifestyle Sudden infant death syndrome is the leading cause of death among infants 1 month to 1 year old, and claims the lives of about 2,500 each year in the United States.
Although not everything can be planned, there are a few things to consider before baby arrives.
Waiting until adulthood to have a baby is best—don’t become pregnant during your teen years, especially a second time. Before baby is born, get prenatal care. Most importantly, do not use drugs or smoke cigarettes.
A baby’s sleep environment can be the riskiest or most protective factor. Place the baby in a bare crib on his or her back for all naps and sleep, keeping them comfortably dressed without blankets. Place the crib in your room, moving a dresser into the nursery if necessary for space.
If possible, breast-feeding is the best option for feeding your baby. Give them a pacifier after feeding has been established. Do not fall asleep with your baby in the bed, on the couch, or on a chair with you.
There are many simple ways to reduce the risk of sudden infant death.
1. Don’t smoke
Don’t expose baby to cigarette smoke before or after birth.
2. Don’t bed-share
Never fall asleep with baby in your bed or in a chair or sofa.
3. Place in bare crib
Baby should be placed in a crib with no cover, pillows, bumper pads or positioning devices.
4. Place on back to sleep
Always place baby, day or night on his back to sleep.