Sudden infant death syndrome, also called SIDS, is the most common cause of infant death (death of a child less than one year of age), and is of unknown cause. It is somewhat more common during the winter, among premature infants, among children who have had a sibling who died of SIDS, and among low income families. Key Risk Factors for SIDS:
- an infant sleeping on his or her stomach or abdomen
- being exposed to tobacco during pregnancy and after birth
- sleeping on a soft surface
- and becoming overheated while asleep.
Ways to Reduce the risk of SIDS:
- no smoking in the household
- having the child sleep on his or her back or side
- having the child sleep on a firm mattress.
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