The infographic “A Charlotte Pediatrician’s recommended Guide to Preventing SIDS” outlines important facts related to SIDS and a few suggestions for preventing SIDS. Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as crib death or cot death, is the sudden, unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a child less than one year of age. SIDS is one of the leading causes of death among babies between 1 month and 1 year of age in the US. Approximately 3500 infants die in the U.S. each year from deaths related to sleep. The majority of SIDS deaths occur before a baby reaches 6 months of age.
Some important recommendations by Charlotte pediatricians to prevent SIDS include:
- Infants under a year old should always sleep lying on their backs and not on their sides.
- Infants should always sleep on a firm surface covered by only a flat sheet.
- Breastfeeding reduces the risk of SIDS.
- Any other bedding or soft objects like pillows or stuffed toys can obstruct a child’s airway and increase the risk of SIDS or suffocation.
- Smoking during pregnancy and around the infant after birth can increase the risk of SIDS.
For more facts and recommendations for preventing SIDS, please refer to the infographic.