Decreasing The Risk Of SIDS
Decreasing The Risk Of SIDS.
Though SIDS is not preventable, there are precautions
that can be taken to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS.
Take care of yourself during your pregnancy:
You can lower your baby's risk for SIDS by getting prenatal health care.
Also, take general precautions such as not smoking.
Use firm bedding materials:
Make the baby's crib as firm as possible. Keep the crib free of any objects that a baby
can pull over the head; such as blankets, comforters, stuffed toys, and pillows.
If a blanket is needed for warmth, tuck it into the bottom of the crib so that it does not
reach higher than the baby's chest.
Avoid overheating the bedroom where the baby sleeps:
Keep the room at a temperature that feels comfortable to you.
Use a lighter blanket on your baby if he or she shows signs of being
too warm while sleeping.
Place your baby down to sleep on his or her back:
The rate of SIDS deaths has greatly decreased in most
countries that have encourage parents to place their babies on their
backs to sleep. Children who are unaccustomed to sleeping on their
stomachs and are then placed on their stomachs for sleep are at an
even higher risk for SIDS. The first 6 months, when babies are
forming sleeping habits, are the most important months to
focus on sleeping positions.
Do not use drugs during/after your pregnancy:
Tobacco, cocaine, or heroin use during pregnancy increases the risk of SIDS.
Avoid teen pregnancy:
The SIDS rate decreases for babies born to older mothers.
The risk is highest for babies born to teenage mothers.
Breast-feed babies whenever possible:
Breast milk decreases the occurrence of respiratory
infections. Studies show that breast-fed babies have a lower
SIDS rate than formula-fed babies do.
The following chart shows the implications for infant sleeping positions.