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What's the safest way to let my baby sleep to prevent 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.

Put your baby on her back to sleep. Once she can roll over on her own, it’s safe for her to sleep on her tummy. Until then, remember this phrase: “back to sleep.” It’ll help keep your baby’s odds of having SIDS much lower.

Choose a firm, flat surface for her bed. Use tight-fitting sheets. Keep pillows, blankets, and other objects out of her sleep area until she’s at least 1. You can swaddle her for warmth, but only until she learns how to roll over.

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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