SIDS Prevention for Babies

What Is SIDS?

SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome, is a possible cause death of an infant under 1 year of age. We do know that certain babies are more at risk for SIDS than others, and that premature babies have a higher SIDS risk than babies who were born at term.

Although SIDS can happen any time during the first year of life, the risk is highest between 2 and 3 months of age.¬†For premature babies, the risk is highest between 2 and 3 months corrected age, or 2 to 3 months after your baby’s original due date. The risk for SIDS remains high until about 6 months of age, then drops slowly. By a baby’s first birthday, the risk for SIDS is very low.

Preventing SIDS

There are a number of strategies that can help with SIDS prevention for term and preterm babies.

  • Babyproof Your Crib.
  • Place Your Baby On His Back to Sleep.
  • Consider pacifier use.
  • Sleep Close but Separately.
  • Avoid overheating the baby’s bedroom temperature.
  • Use Wearable Blankets instead of wrapping your baby in traditional blankets.
  • Avoid Exposure to Cigarette Smoke.