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Who gets sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)?

Any infant is at some risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Some infants are at increased risk of succumbing to the syndrome because of factors such as: genetic predispositions; premature birth; developmental abnormalities; unsafe sleeping environment, which includes 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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