Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden death of an infant less than 1 year old that remains unexplained even after a thorough investigation. The best way to reduce the risk of SIDS is to place your baby on his back every time he or she sleeps – at nighttime and naptime.
Safe sleep is a major concern for parents. What is the best sleep surface for your baby? Can they sleep with a blanket? Hear from our experts, Candace Jones, DNP, CNM, AMCB, from Women’s Outpatient Center, and Susan Brackbill, MPH, RNC-NIC, from Nurse-Family Partnership to learn important safe sleep practices.
In addition to placing your baby on his back when sleeping, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the following safe sleeping practices that can help reduce your baby’s risk of sleep-related death and SIDS:
In addition to following the AAP’s sleep safety guidelines, there are a number of other things you can do to decrease your baby’s risk of SIDS and sleep-related death. Breastfeeding, up-to-date immunizations and quality prenatal care have all been scientifically proven to reduce your baby’s risk of SIDS.
UPMC in central Pa. is a Cribs for Kid's® partner providing a program to educate parents, family members, child care providers, and health professionals about safe infant sleep and SIDS. Learn more about the Cribs for Kids Program.
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