Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)


Sudden​ Infant D​eath Syndrome, or SIDS, is the unexplained death of a baby less than a year of age while they are asleep. No one knows what causes SIDS - all we can do is reduce the risk. Babies need a safe place to sleep. Interact with the home below to learn 5 ways to reduce the risk of SIDS.​​

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Here is what you can do to reduce your baby’s risk of SIDS:

  • For every sleep, put baby on their back
  • Share a room but not a bed
  • Breastfeed baby
  • Give baby a smoke-free environment before and after birth
  • Make sure any bedding is tucked in securely and away from baby’s face.

For more information speak to a Nurse at the Health Centre.

Safe sleeping surfaces:

Safe sleeping surfaces for an infant could include a basket, washtub, carton or drawer placed on the floor. All you need is a thin blanket placed on the bottom – baby can be dressed warmly and doesn’t need other bedding.

Basket Basket

Carton or box Carton or box

Drawer Drawer

Washtub Washtub