How Can You Decrease SIDS Risk for Your Baby?

How Can You Decrease SIDS Risk for Your Baby?

How Can You Decrease SIDS Risk for Your Baby?

Incidents of SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome, can be reduced by placing babies on their back to sleep and using a firm crib mattress, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC also recommends avoiding co-sleeping and keeping soft items like pillows out of the crib.

KidsHealth, a Nemours Foundation website, also notes that overheating and tobacco smoke exposure might lead to SIDS. It further notes that premature or low-birth-weight babies, as well as those who were exposed prenatally to drugs, alcohol or smoking, are at an increased risk of SIDS.

Most SIDS deaths occur in children ages 2 months to 4 months old. It is more prevalent in cold weather, and more boys than girls are affected by the syndrome.