SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, is the unexplained and unexpected death of a child under the age of one. This horrible sickness strikes without warning, leaving families devastated, and barely able to pick up the pieces. There are guidelines in place that are recommended by the American Academy Of Pediatrics that parents need to follow in order to minimize the risk to their infants.
The number one recommendation to new parents is to always put their babies to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of suffocation.
Avoid putting lose items such as pillows, blankets, or stuffed animals in the crib with your baby. A baby should be put to sleep in a crib with a tight sheet, and just dressed warmly, not covered with a sheet or blanket.
Overheating is thought to be a cause of SIDS, so don’t overdress your infant. The recommendation is to dress them in one layer of clothing more than you would an adult.
Keep your infant in a smoke-free environment, that includes not smoking when you are expecting.
Breastfeeding is thought to help prevent SIDS, so if it is possible you should consider breastfeeding your baby.
Recent studies suggest that bumper pads do more harm than good in cribs, and doctors are suggesting that they be removed from cribs, another way of preventing SIDS, in the never-ending fight to prevent it from even happening.