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10 Tips to Reduce the Risk of SIDS

by Lindsay Hutton

According to the National Institutes of Health, over 2,000 babies die in the U.S. each year from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Ninety percent of SIDS deaths occur before a baby reaches 6 months of age, but can occur anytime during a baby's first year. While the exact cause of SIDS remains unknown, many babies die from suffocation, entrapment, strangulation, and unsafe sleep environments. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the following tips to help create a safe sleep environment and reduce the risk of SIDS to your baby.

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Newborn baby sleeping on back

Place Your Baby on Her Back


Since 1992, the AAP has recommended that babies be placed on their back while sleeping, and since then, SIDS deaths have declined dramatically. Babies up to 1 year of age should be placed on their backs to sleep during naps and at bedtime. If your baby rolls onto her side or stomach while she is sleeping, it's ok to leave her in that position if she has learned to roll from her back to tummy and tummy to back on her own.

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