What is SIDS? Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of an infant less than one year old of age. It normally happens during sleep, and it cannot be predicted or prevented.
Tips to reduce risks of SIDS
- Smoking during pregnancy exposes unborn babies to tobacco smoke which is one of the greatest risks for SIDS. No smoking at all is best for your baby but decreasing the number of cigarettes you smoke can also lower the risk of SIDS.
- Second-hand smoke also increases the risk of SIDS after your baby is born. Avoid smoking near your baby- in the house, in the car or anywhere your baby sleeps or spends time. If you, our partner, family members or friends smoke, smoke outside and away from your baby.
- Alcohol use and substance use pose a risk for SIDS and other unintended injuries in infants. It is safer to ask your partner or someone you trust to care for your infant until you are completely sober and not under the influence of substances.
- Breastfeed your infant. Any amount of breastfeeding for any duration provides a protective effect against SIDS. Exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months offers greater protection.
- Immunized your infant. This gives your infant that extra immunity and protection to fight off vaccine-preventable diseases and to stay healthy.
By: Krista Guan and Tiffany Ho