Sudden Infant Death 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.
Carton or box