SIDS, Suffocation and Co-Sleeping Dangers
Expert Advice on Your Baby's Safe Sleep
Unintentional suffocation is the leading cause of injury-related death among children less than 1 year old. Unsafe sleep environments for infants are the primary cause of infant suffocation.
Any parent of a 0-12 month old infant may be concerned about SIDS, but suffocation is the leading cause of injury related death in infants and it can be prevented.
The American Academy of Pediatrics on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related deaths recommends these safe infant sleep practices to help prevent sudden unexplained infant deaths (SIUD):
- Sleeping on their back on a firm sleep surface for every sleep.
- Room-sharing without bed-sharing is recommended. Breastfeeding is recommended.
- Keep soft objects and loose bedding out of the crib.
- Pregnant women should receive regular prenatal care.
- Consider offering a pacifier at naptime and bedtime.
- Avoid overheating.
- Do not use home heart/breathing monitors as a strategy for reducing the risk of SIDS.
The AAP recommends babies sleep in the same room as the parents, but not in the same bed (room-sharing without bed-sharing). Watch the video below to learn more about the dangers of co-sleeping with real stories from our experts:
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