What Can You Do to Prevent SIDS?

What Can You Do to Prevent SIDS?

Although there is no way to prevent sudden infant death syndrome in all cases, the risk is lowered by placing a baby on his back to sleep, not exposing a baby to cigarette smoke, avoiding soft toys and bedding, using a firm mattress, and breastfeeding as long as possible, states WebMD. Additional recommendations include letting a baby sleep in the same room as his mother but not in the same bed and immunizing a baby according to CDC guidelines.

A baby's risk of sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS is increased if the baby sleeps on his side or stomach, explains WebMD. A baby asleep on his stomach can be smothered by the mattress. A baby who is accustomed to sleeping on his back and is placed on his stomach to sleep has a much higher risk of SIDS, making it important for all caregivers to be informed about safe sleeping. Also, only put a fitted sheet in a baby's crib, avoiding all blankets, quilts, pillows and stuffed animals.

Additionally, among women who smoke while pregnant, infants die of SIDS at a rate three times higher than nonsmokers, according to WebMD. However, smoking around an infant is also dangerous and increases the risk of SIDS.