Few things make new parents more anxious than the possibility of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome—otherwise known as SIDS.
And with good reason—SIDS is still the number one cause of death in infants one month to one year old.
SIDS is troubling because some of the deaths cannot be prevented because of physiological issues. But several simple actions by parents can reduce the risk of SIDS over fifty percent.
Eliminate bumper pads, blankets, and soft bedding, and don’t share your bed with your baby or allow your baby to be exposed to tobacco smoke. These simply aren’t safe.
Also, don’t let your baby get too hot. And if you can, breastfeed through the entire first year. Most importantly, remember the “Back to Sleep” rule—babies should be put to bed on their backs, not their tummies.
There is plenty you can do to make your little one safely drift to sleep.
Here are some of my other blogs on the topic:
- Breastfeeding protects against SIDS
- The list of long- and short-term benefits of breastfeeding continues to grow
- Doctors Not Giving Clear Advice on Infant Sleep Positions
- The pros and cons of pacifier use
- 10 Tips for Pacifier Use and Pacifier Weaning
BTW, you can listen to the podcast of this news story here.
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