Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) also known as “crib death” is “the sudden death of an infant under one year of age that cannot be explained.” 94% of SIDS deaths occur between 28 days and one year of life. SIDS is the leading cause of post-neonatal death.
SIDS deaths have decreased quite a bit from a national average of 107 per 100,000 births in 1994 to 62 per 100,000 births in 2000. This was due to a 1994 “back to sleep” national campaign that encouraged mothers to lay their babies down to sleep on their backs, rather than on their stomachs.
To help prevent SIDS in your family, you should:
- Place your baby to sleep on her back.
- Be sure to place your baby on a firm mattress in a crib or playpen when sleeping.
- Remove soft, fluffy bedding and stuffed animals in the first year of life.
- Be sure your baby is not wrapped too warmly during sleep.
- Be sure that nothing is covering your baby’s head or face during sleep.
One product that works great for keeping your baby warm and decreasing the risk of SIDS is the HALO Sleepsack. Your child wears the blanket, rather than being wrapped in it..
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