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What increases the chances of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)?

The following factors (particularly parental smoking and the baby sleeping on the stomach or the side) may increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS): genetic predispositions of a baby; premature birth; developmental abnormalities; unsafe sleeping environment, which include the infant lying on their stomach or side, sleeping on soft surfaces or having objects in bed (blankets, pillows, toys), and; an overheated room or exposure to smoking.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 07 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Sleep and newborn babies

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