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Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the unexplained death of […]

SIDSpreventionSudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the unexplained death of an infant under 1 year and leading cause of infant mortality in the U.S. Here are five ways to lower your baby’s risk.
Lay baby on her back
Time and time again, studies have shown how important this sleeping position is for protecting your infant. In fact, since the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released its recommendation for back-sleeping in 1992, SIDS deaths have decreased by more than 25 percent.
Dress in less
Sleep attire for your infant should keep her warm enough that she doesn’t need cover but not so warm that it raises her body heat. Most babies do well at an ambient room temperature of 68°F.
Eliminate crib clutter
That means no loose bedding, pillows or toys in your baby’s crib. Also use a firm mattress since softer surfaces increase the risk of SIDS. Car seats and other sitting devices are not recommended for routine sleep.
Keep baby close
Your infant’s crib should stay in your room for the first six months since baby is safest when she’s within your reach but in her own separate sleep space.
Avoid exposure to tobacco smoke 
Whether in the womb or in the world, your baby’s lungs should not be subjected to the stress of smoke. Along the same lines, keep baby away from people with respiratory infections.

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