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How can I keep my baby safe from sudden infant death syndrome?

During the first 6 months of life, infants are at a particular risk of dying while sleeping. Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) is a harrowing experience and a constant worry for any parent. Adopting a safe sleep position will help reduce the chances of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and suffocation during sleep. The safest sleep position is: on the back (for short naps as well as longer sleep periods); in a smoke-free environment; in the same room with another person; alone in the bed/crib; on a firm surface; with baby's feet at or near the foot of the bed, and; with no other objects in the bed.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 30 Oct 2018
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Category: Insomnia (sleep problems)


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