Recommendations to Decrease SIDS risk

SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, is a life-altering, grief-filled event.  There are some ways to decrease the risk.

  • Infants should be placed on their back to sleep until 12 months of age.  Side sleeping is not suggested.
  • Sleep on a firm surface, like a firm mattress covered with a fitted sheet.
  • Sharing a room with an infant, without sharing a bed, can reduce the risk of SIDS by up to 50%
  • Soft objects (loose bedding, stuffed animals, and pillows) should be kept out of the crib.
  • Pregnant women should receive prenatal care
  • Avoid smoke exposure during pregnancy and after birth.
  • Avoid alcohol and illicit drug use during pregnancy and after birth
  • Breastfeeding reduces SIDS risk.
  • Do not use home cardio respiratory monitors (like apnea monitors) as a means of reducing the risk of SIDS.
  • Offer the infant a pacifier at naptime and bedtime.
  • Avoid overheating of infants.

Hope this helps.

About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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