What is SIDS/SUID?
SIDS is the sudden, unexplained death of a baby younger than 1 year of age that doesn’t have a known cause even after a complete investigation.
Each year in the United States, thousands of babies die suddenly and unexpectedly. These deaths are called SUID (pronounced SOO-idd), which stands for “Sudden Unexpected Infant Death”. SUID includes all unexpected deaths: those without a clear cause, such as SIDS, and those from a known cause, such as suffocation.
One-half of all SUID cases are SIDS. Many unexpected deaths are accidents, but a disease or something done on purpose can also cause a baby to die suddenly and unexpectedly.
Sleep-related causes of infant death are those linked to how or where a baby sleeps or slept. They are due to accidental causes, such as: suffocation, entrapment, when baby gets trapped between two objects, such as a mattress and a wall, and can’t breathe; or strangulation, when something presses on or wraps around baby’s neck, blocking baby’s airway. These deaths are not SIDS.
What is the best way to reduce my baby’s risk for SIDS?
Follow the ABC model! Put your baby to sleep ALONE, on his BACK, and in his own CRIB for every sleep time is the best way to reduce the risk of SIDS.
Will my baby choke if placed on their back to sleep?
No. Healthy babies naturally swallow or cough up fluids- It’s a reflex that all people have. Babies might actually clear such fluids better when on their backs.
WHAT IF MY BABY ROLLS ONTO THE STOMACH ON HIS OR HER OWN DURNING SLEEP? DO I NEED TO PUT MY BABY IN THE BACK-SLEEP POSITION AGAIN IF THIS HAPPENS?
If your baby is able to roll from tummy to back AND back to tummy, you may let them choose their own sleep position. ONLY if your baby is sleeping in its own SAFE and EMPTY crib. The important thing is that the baby starts off every sleep time on his or her back to reduce the risk of SIDS, and that there is no soft, loose bedding in the baby’s sleep area.
ARE THE MESH BUMPERS OK TO USE?
No. The mesh may start to sag or become a strangulation hazard for your baby. A bumper of any kind is an unnecessary danger in your baby’s crib.
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