Sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, is the sudden unexplained death of a baby under age 1. SIDS is the most common cause of death in babies between 1 month and 1 year of age in the United States. Most deaths from SIDS are in babies over 21 days and under 6 months of age.
The causes of SIDS are not known. SIDS happens during sleep. Sleeping face down increases the risk for SIDS. Babies exposed to cigarette smoke also have an increased risk for SIDS.
Avoid the risks associated with SIDS:
Pacifiers have been linked to a lower risk for SIDS. Breast-fed babies between the ages of 1 month and 1 year should be allowed to use pacifiers during naps and at bedtime. Babies below the age of 1 month who are not breast-fed may also use pacifiers. You do not need to replace a pacifier after your baby has fallen asleep. Do not force your baby to use a pacifier if he or she refuses.
Baby monitors have not been proven to prevent SIDS. There is no association between SIDS and immunizations.
Call 911 immediately if your baby is not breathing or looks blue.
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