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What should you know about SIDS?

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Parents who know about SIDS may think of it as their worst nightmare. Sudden infant death syndrome is known as SIDS or crib death. It’s when a baby 12 months or younger dies during sleep with no warning signs or a clear reason. Although there is no 100% way to prevent SIDS, there is a lot you can do lower your baby’s risk. Since the American Academy of Pediatrics issued its safe sleep recommendations in 1992 and launched its "Back to Sleep" campaign in 1994, the SIDS rate has dropped more than 60%. In 2015, the CDC noted 39.4 deaths per 100,000 live births compared to 154.5 deaths in 1990.

From: 10 Steps to Help Prevent SIDS WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Rachel Moon, MD, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.

News release, American Academy of Pediatrics.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): “Safe Sleep for Your Baby: Reduce the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).”

American Lung Association: “Preventing SIDS.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “The Changing Concept of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Diagnostic Coding Shifts, Controversies Regarding the Sleeping Environment, and New Variables to Consider in Reducing Risk.”

MayoClinic: “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): Prevention.”

WebMD Medical Reference: “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) - Topic Overview.”

CDC: "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID): Reducing the Risk" and "Sudden Unexpected Death and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - Data and Statistics."

KidsHealth.org: "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)."

Medscape Medical News: "Breast-Feeding May Reduce Risk for SIDS by Half Throughout Infancy."

Dr. Spock.com: "Keeping Your Baby Safe from SIDS."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

SOURCES:

Rachel Moon, MD, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.

News release, American Academy of Pediatrics.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): “Safe Sleep for Your Baby: Reduce the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).”

American Lung Association: “Preventing SIDS.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “The Changing Concept of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Diagnostic Coding Shifts, Controversies Regarding the Sleeping Environment, and New Variables to Consider in Reducing Risk.”

MayoClinic: “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): Prevention.”

WebMD Medical Reference: “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) - Topic Overview.”

CDC: "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID): Reducing the Risk" and "Sudden Unexpected Death and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - Data and Statistics."

KidsHealth.org: "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)."

Medscape Medical News: "Breast-Feeding May Reduce Risk for SIDS by Half Throughout Infancy."

Dr. Spock.com: "Keeping Your Baby Safe from SIDS."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

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