Sudden infant death syndrome

Sudden infant death syndrome

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.