More than 1,000 young babies die in their sleep every year in America due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as SIDS.
It’s a terrifying thought for parents – the unexplained death of a seemingly healthy child less than a year old. The exact cause of SIDS remains unclear; doctors have been unable to fully explain the cause despite years of research.
However, there are several important precautions that parents of newborns can take to reduce the risk. Some of those safety measures for newborns include:
- Always put a baby down to sleep on their back – not the stomach.
- Keep objects out of the crib or bassinette -- no pillows, no toys, no crib bumpers, no blankets.
- Consider having the baby sleep in the same room as a parent – but never in the same bed.
SIDS accounts for more than one out of three sudden or unexpected infant deaths in the United States each year.