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.
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.