(HealthDay News) -- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) occurs
when an infant under the age of 1 year dies without an explainable
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions on
how you can help reduce your baby's risk of SIDS:
Make sure baby sleeps on his or her back, on a firm mattress in
a crib that meets government safety standards.
Ideally, only use a fitted sheet in baby's crib. If you use a
blanket, carefully tuck it into the mattress. Also avoid crib
bumpers (unless they are thin, tightly secured and firm), and
pillows, quilts or comforters.
Don't let baby sleep on a chair, couch, water bed, cushion or
Set up baby's crib in your room, but don't let baby sleep in
Make sure baby doesn't get too hot while sleeping. Keep the
room at a temperature that's comfortable for you.
Don't smoke or allow anyone else to smoke around baby.
Avoid products that claim to reduce an infant's risk of SIDS.
No product has been proven to do so, the academy says.
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