About SIDS

sfs2Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS is the leading cause of infant death, between 1 month and 1 year of age in the United States.  Approximately 1 in 2,000 infants are lost to SIDS ear year.  SIDS is sudden and unexpected, and even after complete autopsy, scene investigation and review of medical history, no cause of death is found.  SIDS is a diagnosis of exclusion, assigned only once all known and possible causes of death have been ruled out.  At this time, there is no way to predict which infants will die from SIDS and no way to prevent all cases, though there are methods of risk reduction.

Facts about SIDS:  SIDS is currently the leading cause of infant death between one month and one year of age in the United States.  Approximately 2500 infants die each year of SIDS.  That is nearly 7 babies every day!  Most SIDS deaths occur when an infant is between 2 and 4 months old, while 90% occur before 6 months of age.  SIDS is more common in winter months and effects boys more often than girls.

Risk Reduction Methods:

1. ALWAYS place baby to sleep on his/her back.

2. Do not smoke while pregnant or allowing baby to be exposed to second hand smoke.  Avoid any drugs or alcohol during pregnancy.

3. Always place baby to sleep in a “safe” sleep area (crib, pack-n-play, etc.).  Remove all blankets, pillows, bumper pads, positioning devices and toys.

4. Keep baby’s crib/bassinet in parents room until at least 6 months of age.

5. Avoid overheating your baby.  Keep room cool.

6. Breast-feed if possible.

7. Offer a pacifier at bedtime and naptime.

8. Get the appropriate pre-natal care during pregnancy and keep all scheduled doctor visits for baby.  Tell your doctor of any changes in your baby that seem abnormal.

9. Avoid exposing your baby to large crowds, people with respiratory infections and other common illness.  Have people wash their hands before handling baby and keep things baby may use clean as well.

10. Make sure EVERYONE caring for your baby is aware of and practices the risk reduction methods.