Preventing SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - FamilyEducation


Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of infant deaths--it is tragic and mysterious. Learn what you can to do to help safeguard against it.

10 Tips to Reduce the Risk of SIDS

According to the National Institutes of Health, over 2,000 babies die in the U.S. each year from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Ninety percent of SIDS deaths occur before a baby reaches 6 months of age, but can occur anytime during a baby's first year. While the exact cause of SIDS remains unknown, many babies die from suffocation, entrapment, strangulation, and unsafe sleep environments. read more

Immunizations and SIDS

A mother asks whether there is no link between immunizations and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). read more

SIDS and Co-Sleeping: Debunking the Myths

SIDS and Co-Sleeping: Debunking the Myths Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexpected death of a seemingly healthy infant during sleep. Although the exact causes of SIDS are largely unknown, a recent study released by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found over half of SIDS cases occurred while the baby was co-sleeping with an adult or another child. Of those deaths, many occurred in a potentially hazardous environment, such as in a bed or on a sofa with an individual who had recently used drugs or alcohol. read more

Where Should Newborns Sleep?

Have you decided where your new bundle of joy will sleep when she comes home? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends keeping your infant in the same room where you sleep (but not in the same bed) to greatly reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), so a full-sized crib likely won't be your baby's first sleeping place. We've rounded up all the alternatives and considerations to make a safe choice for your new addition. read more