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What is SIDS? | Baby Care Basics | Parents

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Published on Jan 29, 2014

Watch as Parents Magazine explains these baby care basics! Sudden infant death syndrome, also known as SIDS, is the unexplained death on an infant under age one. As a parent, there's nothing scarier than the idea that your baby could suddenly stop breathing while she's sleeping. There are a few things you should know about how to prevent SIDS. First, always put her to sleep on her back. When she's awake, she can spend some time on her side or tummy to encourage muscle development, but not while she's sleeping. Keep soft items, such as pillows, stuffed animals, and blankets out of her crib. In the baby crib, use only a firm mattress and tightly fitted sheets. Bumper pads can restrict your baby's breathing if she presses her face against them, so keep them out. The crib's slats should be spaced no more than 2 and 3/8 inches apart. Offering her a pacifier at night can prevent SIDS. Second-hand smoke can also increase a baby's risk of SIDS, just like smoking during pregnancy. Lastly, don't sleep with your baby anywhere. A loose blanket, pillow, or an accidental roll could suffocate her. If you want to stay close while still preventing SIDS, consider a co-sleeper that attaches to your bed!

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