Web Extra: SIDS Information

Web Extra: SIDS Information

What is it?
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden, unexplained death of an infant younger than one year old. It's the leading cause of death in children between one month and one year old. Most SIDS deaths occur between two to four months.
Cause
Unknown
Potential risk factors
Smoking, drinking, or drug use during pregnancy
Poor prenatal care
Prematurity or low birth-weight
Mothers younger than 20
Smoke exposure following birth
Overheating from excessive sleepwear and bedding
Stomach sleeping
Prevention
Place babies on their backs to sleep, even for short naps.
Use a firm sleep surface, like a crib mattress covered with a fitted sheet.
Keep soft objects and loose bedding away from the sleep area.
Make sure babies don't get too hot.

To learn more about SIDS visit these Web sites...National SIDS/Infant Death Resource Center... KidsHealth...MedlinePlus...First Candle.