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How does the mother's health affect the chances of getting sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)?

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SIDS is when a baby under age 1 dies suddenly without a clear reason. Because it often happens when a baby is asleep, it’s also called crib death or cot death.

Chances of SIDS is higher if the mother:

  • Is younger than 20
  • Doesn’t get good prenatal care
  • Smokes, uses drugs, or drinks alcohol while pregnant or during baby’s first year

From: What Is SIDS? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): Definition,” “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): Risk factors.”

Safe to Sleep: “Fast Facts About SIDS,” “Research on Possible Causes of SIDS,” “What Causes SIDS?”

CDC: “Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.”

Kids Health: “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).”

Healthychildren.org: “Reduce the Risk of SIDS & Suffocation.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): Definition,” “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): Risk factors.”

Safe to Sleep: “Fast Facts About SIDS,” “Research on Possible Causes of SIDS,” “What Causes SIDS?”

CDC: “Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.”

Kids Health: “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).”

Healthychildren.org: “Reduce the Risk of SIDS & Suffocation.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

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